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Delaware Considers Four Day Work Week

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04/03/200 6:50 PM ET

DOVER, Del. - Delaware lawmakers are considering shortening the work week for some state workers from five days a week to four. But, there is a catch, employees would still have to work the same number of hours.

By having non-essential state employees work only four days a week, some state officials said they could save workers and the state money.

"People would still work 40 hours a week, they would just travel to work four times a week instead of five times and you save on gas, time and stress," said Representative Nancy Wagner.

Officials said State Police would not be affected by the proposal and neither would Delaware's public schools.

According to the legislation, lawmakers said just having fewer people in state offices could save on administrative costs. Some state employees said they would not mind having a four-day work week.

State employee Bill Nicholas said, "Because you get a three day work week, working a couple of extra hours four days a week is not a big deal."

Other state employees said they do not want to work later into the evening and they do not want to be forced to change their schedules. Lawmakers said state agencies would decide whether to make the four-day week mandatory or voluntary.

Nicholas said working in the evenings would not be so bad.

"Business tends to wind down at the end of the day so I can't imagine working ten hours would be that stressful," Nicholas said.

But what it really comes down to is an argument of what is better, an eight-hour day or a three-day weekend and whether that would save the state money.

The legislation was introduced Wednesday. The Governor would have to give final approval to the proposal.

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