Archive for January 14, 2009


>”My parents told me to keep coming to school even if I am killed. The people who did this to me don’t want women to be educated. They want us to be stupid things.”
– SHAMSIA HUSSEINI, 17, who has returned to school in Afghanistan despite being injured in an acid attack. From the New York Times.

I wanted to clarify my last post about the four day work week. I would love to only work four days a week, even if they were longer days. What I don’t like is the hours proposed and the days. Since I have a two hour commute, that means I wouldn’t get home until 8:00 pm, leaving time for me to do nothing in the evening. Also I would have to use leave time on Wednesday to get home in time for my class.

However, I feel this would not be very soon in the making, considered the compressed work week program, after a successful trial run, has yet to make it to the rest of the state.

The comment left expressed the thought that studies show 4 day work weeks do not cause a reduction in energy use and I am sure that is true in general, however, if all the State Offices are closed an extra day, that would save the state the cost of operation for that one day. However, there are some departments that have offices in non-state owned building, like the one I’m in, and the one in White Plains that I used to work at, I don’t know how reducing to a 4 day work week would affect us.

On an unrelated topic, I had to get a new counter for my blog, the other one just stopped showing up. Weird. Anyway, this one doesn’t count visits from my IP address so the count will be more accurate. It is also more depressing.


>This would totally suck


January 12, 2009

4-Day Workweek Proposed to Ease the State’s Deficit By A. E. VELEZ

A Queens assemblyman has proposed a four-day workweek for some state employees to help offset the $15 billion budget deficit faced by New York in 2009.

The assemblyman, Michael N. Gianaris, said on Sunday that even though his plan called for no pay cuts and would exclude education, transportation, public safety and hospital workers, it would save the state some $30 million a year in building maintenance and transportation costs.

Under the plan, all state agencies providing what Mr. Gianaris called nonessential services would change their working hours to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday instead of from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week. New York has about 237,000 full-time state employees, according to census figures.

Mr. Gianaris said electricity and fuel bills would be lower because agency offices would be dark and vehicles would not be driven on the fifth day.

Mr. Gianaris said the savings could prevent some of the severe service cuts anticipated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( ) as well as increases in express bus fares and fees for driver’s licenses.

Mr. Gianaris pointed out that Utah installed a mandatory four-day workweek for its state workers last summer. Utah, which has a state work force that is about 18 percent the size of New York’s, is expected to save $3 million annually.