FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Exempt Employees Begin 32-Hour Workweek Tomorrow
Beginning tomorrow (Friday, May 15), all exempt employees will begin working a 32-hour workweek. The Mayor's Office will now be open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday. All other departments will operate at normal business hours, ensuring that City services will continue uninterrupted. Each department director has arranged a work schedule that allows employees to work reduced hours or take a full unpaid day off during the week. This reduced workweek begins tomorrow, as it is the beginning of a new payroll period.
So here's my question: If all other departments can have staggered hours of staff to cover the 'normal business hours,' why can't the mayor's office? It would seem, especially in these difficult economic times, that the need to have someone in the mayor's office at the same time all other city departments are open is critical.
Or, if the mayor's office can get away with working a half day on Friday, why not all other offices?
As George Orwell wrote in "1984": All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.