Workers need breaks
Jun 26, 2014 | 554 views | 0 0 comments | 933 933 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I’ve always been glad and happy that I grew up in Karnes County.

And especially I’ve admired how people, especially neighbors, cared about each other and watched out for them and their children.

To make people safe and happy seemed to be the best reason for living here or even working here.

I remembered my Dad as Head of the Karnes County Highway Department, always made sure that his work force who had very laborious jobs to do had some time to rest, visit or take a break.

When his office was next to the courthouse, he allowed his workers to go for a break across the street and have a cup of coffee and visit for at least 15 minutes.

And wasn’t there a rule for most businesses to let their employees have at least 15 minute breaks twice a day?

Also, lunch time became very important, too.

When I worked even part-time at the county clerk’s office in the courthouse, any worker could take a break and go out for lunch.

I remember several offices there were always closed during the lunch hour.

I even recall that when I moved back home the newspaper office was closed at noon so employees could go home for lunch.

What worries me now is that with all of the new businesses and establishments now in Karnes County, this may not happen for their people.

For sure, I found out when I was hired to work at the new Stripes store, no worker there was allowed to sit down at all and had to even eat their lunch standing up!

Since we all worked eight hours a day either from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., one can become very exhausted or even have pains as I did.

I’m hoping that knowing the facts and the rules for all businesses, that those who make these rules will see that they are obeyed.

Maybe our citizens will want it to be that way, too.

I just think that the new businesses need to be made aware somehow of these rules.

Cathy Passmore

Karnes City
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