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Clallam County cutting hours for most employees

November 13th, 2013 - 5:29am

(Port Angeles) – Clallam County employees may soon be working a shift of 37 and a half hours per week.

The exception would be emergency personnel who need to work a 40-hour week.

Cutting the hours is one way county administrator Jim Jones says will help balance the county's budget next year.

“I was directed to build the budget with 37 and a half hour weeks and apply to all employees that are not emergency services personnell,” said Jones.

Jones says the move is still part of bargaining underway with the county's labor groups. But Jones says the cut in hours would save the county nearly a million dollars.

“My estimate is it is just about a million to 1.1 million dollars savings versus having everyone working 40 hours,” said Jones.

County commissioners yesterday approved the resolution setting the 37 and half hour work week. Jones says he's unsure when the next round of bargaining will begin with the county's labor groups.

“The resolution has nothing to do with bargaining,” said Jones. “This is saying this is what we are going to do. In bargaining we talk about the impacts of the decision.”

All eight of the county's labor groups are negotiating new contracts this year. Concessions workers gave to the county two years ago expire at the end of this year.

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