Urine Bags to Cut Down On Bathroom Breaks Goes Too Far

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Denver (AP) Union officials in Colorado say a Qwest Communications supervisor tried to cut down on lengthy bathroom breaks by telling workmen to use disposable urinal bags in the field.

The Rocky Mountain News reported in today's editions that the manager distributed urinal bags to 25 male field technicians, telling them not to waste time leaving a job site to search for a public bathroom.

But Qwest Spokeswoman Jennifer Barton says “there's no policy whatsoever” requiring field technicians to use the bags. She says the bags were issued for convenience, and because employees asked for them.

Communications Workers of America District 7 Reed Roberts says He's complained to Qwest's corporate labor relations department, but the union has not filed a formal grievance.