Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Experiments with 4-Day Work Week Employees Happy Working Longer Hours, Fewer Days

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Experiments with 4-Day Work Week Employees Happy Working Longer Hours, Fewer Days

Article excerpt

About 100 Clay County Public Works employees will soon toil two

hours longer each work day and not get paid a penny more.

And they're happy about it.

They will be the focus of a summer-long experiment -- the

four-day work week -- to see if working longer hours but fewer

days is more productive and cost-efficient than the traditional

five-day schedule, said Jimmy Weeks, director of the Public

Works Department.

And if the experiment proves successful, public works road

crews may work Mondays through Thursdays every summer, to take

advantage of daylight-saving time, he said.

"We think there is a good possibility it . . . is going to work

well," Weeks said. "We think we will be able to attain more,

save fuel, manpower and money."

The workers who will be affected apparently agree.

Arnold Doyle, who heads Local 218, the textile workers union

that represents many public works employees, said that during

contract negotiations last year union members voted to seek a

four-day work week.

"They feel like they can get more done for the county if they

had those extra two hours," Doyle said.

The current 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. work schedule, he said, can be

frustrating, particularly during daylight-saving time. Workers

find themselves having to call it a day at 3:30 p.m., even

though there are several more hours of daylight.

And they still have to call it a day even if they have only 30

minutes or an hour worth of work left on their current project,

he said. So they return to the site the next day -- using more

fuel and more manpower, at county expense -- to finish up, he

said.

Having a longer work day "will benefit both the men and the

taxpayers," Doyle said.

County Commissioner Patrick McGovern, who chairs the

commission's Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee, said he

also supports the change.

McGovern, who served a stint in the Navy, said that in the

military the four-day work week has been used in numerous areas. …

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