Had a very interesting conversation with a City Council member this past week we got to talking about the city being closed one day a week and this council member pointed out that because of the City closing one day a week workers will only be working 4 days in a two week period of time. Normally the 24th and 25th of December would have been off this year those days fell on Monday and Tuesday, but with the City closing on Fridays this year that fell on the 21st of December so City workers had from the 21st of December until the 26th off. Today being the first day back they work today and tomorrow and then off Friday the 28th until January 2nd 2013.
The City would need to find 300,000.00 dollars to open the City back up on Fridays money that isn’t available and doesn’t look like there will be any time soon. The council member I talked with and at least one other are not in favor of the Friday closer some are even asking if this is really saving the city any money? There are many over at City hall that say work is falling behind because of the shortened work week and departments dealing with less staff. For all the worries employees had when the shortened work week was first put forth most employees are very happy with the shortened work week and hope that it stays this way. Some in the City would like the day of the closer moved to mid-week while others say that this would interrupt work flow. The whole reason Friday was the day chosen was to give employes that might need it a chance to get another job Friday-Sunday.
How do you feel about the City being closed on Friday? Has the Friday closer interfered with you doing business with the City?