Friday, September 4, 2009

Airport staff begins 4-day workweek

Express Staff Writer

Employees of Friedman Memorial Airport will begin working a four-day week on Sept. 14, Monday through Thursday, with 10-hour daily office hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Airport manager Rick Baird told the airport authority Tuesday at its monthly meeting that the new work hours would decrease use of office utilities as well as help reduce travel by employees and thereby help reduce auto fuel emissions.

When asked whether he had checked whether the workweek would cause any inconvenience to tenants or travelers, Baird said he had found no objections.

The general manager of Atlantic Aviation/Sun Valley, Mike Rasch, was at the meeting and commented that he had no objections.

Baird also pointed out that necessary fire and rescue services continue to be manned through overlapping shifts, and senior managers at the airport office are on call 24 hours a day through their cell phones.

The new workweek is scheduled to be in place for a year as an experiment.

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