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4-day workweek raises concerns about holidays

4-day workweek raises concerns about holidays



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There's a concern that a four-day workweek would kick out a couple of holidays from the calendar for state employees.

Some are complaining, saying Americans have fewer holidays than workers in other countries, and now Utah is taking away two more.

Public employees may work Columbus Day and Veterans Day to make up for taking 10-hour holidays instead of the regular eight hours.

Todd Sutton, with the Utah Public Employees Association, is also concerned about the 4-day workweek. He says it's not the holidays that concern him, it's about the choice. He says, "They making life-changing decisions without public employee input."

That means even the veterans have to work on Veterans Day. "How many veterans is that going to affect, and what are they going to feel about that? Well they don't have any input about this. They're just going to change it without any input," Sutton said.

State officials say workers will end up getting two more hours of paid holiday time per state holiday under the plan.

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