A Michigan Business Review news account said Oakland County commissioners unanimously backed the proposal byCounty Executive L. Brooks Patterson who said the initiative could be in place by next week.The new work week will be staggered, with some working Monday to Thursday and others on an alternate schedule to keep county offices fully staffed.
Patterson said he believes the reduced work week would save workers about two gallons of gas per week. With gas expected to stay at about $4 per gallon,”That’s $42 million dollars a year,” he said, according to the news report. “That’s significant savings.”
Patterson indicated he expects between 1,000 and 1,500 county employees to join the county’s program and has begun discussions with local private-sector employers to set up a similar plan.
“We’re inviting the private sector, too,” he told the Michigan Business Review. “Oakland County has 740,000 jobs, so hopefully we can combine and get as much as 100,000 people.”