Four day work week for state workers: Proposal under consideration

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The state is floating a major change to the work week. 10 hour days - four days a week for some state agencies. Under the proposal the affected agencies could close on Fridays so buildings could be shut down to save energy and custodial costs.

Committee members say the change could also cut down on overtime pay, and save employees money in commuter expenses. State police, prisons, the ABC and higher education are some of the agencies that would not be included in the program.

Ronie Gumbleton already works a four day week.

"I feel like Fridays are mine, you know, and everybody else it as work. And I'm having fun doing whatever I want to do," he said.

The Virginia Department of Forestry tested the idea in October of 2009. So far the agency reports $31,000 in savings. And 64 percent of employees say they like the change. The majority of those we talked to also support the idea.

"I think it would be really great. I personally like to jam pack my schedule like that and then be able to really enjoy the time off," said Megan Donohue.

"Yeah, I actually would rather have that than not because I could play golf on Fridays. I'd be all for it," said Boyd Neal.

Kathy Thompson also likes the idea of a four day work week, but does see a negative side to the change.

"For some people that could present a challenge, especially folks who have children and having to pick them up from school," said Thompson.

Again, this is still just a proposal. The full Government Reform Commission could vote on the issue next week.

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