Support WI service persons' right to get paid while on standby during on-call shifts.

Support WI service persons' right to get paid while on standby during on-call shifts.

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Matt DeHart started this petition to Governor Tony Evers

My name is (redacted).  I have been an on-call service technician on and off for the last 20 years.  I know I am not alone with having to work mandatory on-call shifts in Wisconsin.  While on a mandatory on-call shift, I am responsible to quickly respond to any company calls regarding service.  I am on a leash from the company while working an on-call shift, all without being paid as I’m on standby between jobs.  This affects my sleep, personal relationships, mental health, and physical health.  This responsibility makes it impossible to do several things.  I’m prohibited from taking a second job or side projects where I would be making money for all my time, and from doing normal everyday tasks such as shopping, going to the movies, family events, sleeping properly etc.  On occasion I work the whole night, but most nights I only get 1 to 2 service calls.  I only get paid when I go out, but while waiting on standby, I am still obligated to check frequently for incoming calls without getting paid.  I am disciplined if I sleep through or miss a call during my on-call shift.  Even on-call dispatchers are paid for their time while waiting for calls. 

My proposal is not to take away mandatory on-call shifts, but to make them actually paid shifts because I am at the mercy of the company for the entire shift.  That is why I am proposing the On-Call Fairness Act.  This would require AT LEAST minimum wage to be paid to the worker while on standby, and normal pay when on service calls.  This will not only benefit the employees of the company by getting paid for their time, but would also be a new, large tax revenue for the state.  After 20 years of communicating with many other servicemen, this is a common loophole for companies to not pay their employees for their time.  I’ve already talked to hundreds, if not thousands of servicemen throughout the state that support this.  If you’re wondering why my name is redacted, it’s because of possible repercussions I could suffer from my company for initiating and supporting this type of action. 

Signing this petition is a good start, but we also need to look beyond that.  Please share this around, especially with service people in your life.  As of right now, Tony Evers is aware of this proposition, and I encourage you to contact either him or your local congressperson about the On-Call Fairness Act.  If they do not know about it, I’d ask you to enlighten them about it.  We need as much support behind this as we can before March 25th when it’s being discussed by the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce with elected officials in Madison.

I’d like to thank you for reading this and your support.  It means the world to me.  I’d also like to thank Matthew and Jacob DeHart for helping me organize this endeavor.  It would not have been viable without them.   

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