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Durham keeps five-day work week

Posted September 4, 2008

— City officials decided Thursday against shifting municipal offices to a four-day work week.

City Councilman Howard Clement proposed studying the idea to save money on gasoline. City vehicles use almost 63,000 gallons of gas and more than 39,600 gallons of diesel each month, and prices paid to fuel fleet vehicles have increased between 11 and 21 percent since last year, officials said.

Durham city staff members said Thursday that a flex-time policy already allows employees to work four days with department approval, and the city also has policies encouraging workers to cut down on personal gas use by riding the bus or sharing rides.

"I think we really have it covered on both ends, and at the end of the day, it is about how the citizens are best served," City Manager Tom Bonfield said.

Wayne County moved many employees to a four-day work week last month. Essential employees like firefighters, police and court officials still work Monday through Friday.


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  • CrewMax Sep 5, 2008

    I would paint all city and state owned vehicles bright pink. This
    would make them less likely to be driven for personal business.

  • iron fist Sep 5, 2008

    It would reduce the cost for employees who don't drive city owned vehicles. Reduce the cost of heating/AC if the bldg.is open 4 days instead of five. The county of Durham allows some employees to work 4 10 hour days. They usually rotate Fridays off maybe every 3rd or 4th Friday. It sames the employees money

  • durham_nc Sep 5, 2008

    "Essential employees like firefighters, police and court officials still work Monday through Friday."

    I'd hope there are firefighters and police working at all hours, 7 days a week, not just Monday through Friday. :)

  • durham_nc Sep 5, 2008

    Question: How does working 40 hours over 4 days or 5 days change the amount of driving workers would do in state vehicles?
    Aren't these vehicles just used when they are driving around town doing whatever they do while working? I don't see how it would result in any less work or driving.

  • sww Sep 5, 2008

    I think the point was- there had been a post/newstory a couple weeks ago about Durham looking into the idea of the four day week, and this was the follow-up to report the outcome/decision.

  • Common Sense Man Sep 5, 2008

    "So what was the point of the post?"

    You beat me to it.........

  • tarheelalum Sep 5, 2008

    We have the option to work 4 day or 5 day weeks in my dept. at UNC...I think the employees are best served by an option, not an all or nothing like this proposed.

  • RonnieR Sep 5, 2008

    I'm glad Wayne County didn't try to put the court system on a four day week, the courts are run by the State.

  • Tax Man Sep 5, 2008

    I agree that only the vital vehicles should be used. Let all other city employees use their own personal vehicles and reimburse at the IRS rate - gas has no effect on that, and it is fair to the employees as it covers depreciation, insurance etc of the vehicle. Limit use to only necessary driving - they should do that anyway!

  • Rolling Along Sep 5, 2008

    get rid of all but essential vehicles (fire, rescue and police) and make sure those are being used efficiently. Really want to cut costs, make people drive their personal vehicles and reimburse them.