Short Work Week in Provo Called a Success

Short Work Week in Provo Called a Success

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(Provo-AP) -- It appears that the four-day work week for Provo city employees is working just fine.

The city has done a six-month experiment with the new schedule, where workers take Fridays off and work ten-hour shifts Monday through Thursday.

Provo Mayor Lewis Billings says he wants to make this schedule permanent.

He says it has its advantages. It saves the city money, because overtime expenses are down. The city is also paying less for utilities and janitorial work. Plus, with their seven a-m until six p-m workdays, Provo city employees aren't adding to rush-hour traffic at the peak times.

Billings says he wants to keep this schedule as long as it's clear that the community's needs for city services are being met.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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