Probably a tradeoff for something else. The union my husband works for negotiated away their breaks. They get 5 minutes per 5 hour shift. Two breaks (5 minutes) if longer than that. In other words, they can work 8 hours or more and literally have no time to eat. Unions will do some crazy things. My husband thinks it insane that they can ask people to do hard, physical work for 8 hours and only have time to use the bathrooms a couple times (assuming they run...can't walk or you wouldn't have the time to reach the bathroom, use it, and walk back).