Jersey City municipal employees will be given option to switch to 4-day work week, mayor says

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Jersey City municipal employees will be given the option to switch to a four-day work week “instead of the antiquated 5 day work schedule,” which will be made possible by staggering shifts, Mayor Steven Fulop said this morning.

Photo via jerseycitynj.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We’ve learned during #COVID19 many things about our work force + city. One big change going forward is that we’re giving the option to our 3000 municipal employees to go to a 4-day work week permanently instead of the antiquated 5 day work schedule. Going forward,” the mayor tweeted minutes ago.

“Bottom line, we realize that the 5 day work week/8 hour shift per day isn’t optimal for anyone. We can deliver BETTER services for our residents by staggering shifts + improve quality of life for employees. This’ll also help w/plans for child care when school decide structure in the fall.”

On Friday, Superintendent of Schools Franklin Walker announced that will have the option to rotate between in-person instruction and remote learning every five days, with parents having the option to continue via remote learning only due to concerns over COVID-19.

The staggered work schedule is the latest idea to come out of Jersey City in light of the pandemic after Fulop revealed plans to scale back street sweeping last week.