40-hour week

It's your call

July 11, 1991

Yesterday, we asked for opinions on whether state employees should be required to work 40 hours a week, as Gov. William Donald Schaefer insists, instead of the 35 1/2 hours allowed by a 1942 personnel policy and whether they should be paid for the increased work time.

Your answers vary with the length of your own workweek. Of 1,582 callers to SUNDIAL who said they work less than 40 hours a week, 1,470, or 93 percent, do not believe the state employees should work the additional 4 1/2 hours. Virtually all of these callers -- 97 percent -- said the workers should be compensated for the additional hours.

Of callers who said they work 40 hours a week, 78 percent -- 853 out of 1,096 -- favor the shorter workweek and 85 percent favor compensation for any extra hours required.

But 63 percent -- 259 of 414 callers -- of those who said they work more than 40 hours a week believe the state employees should work the longer hours. And they should not be compensated for the additional time, according to 54 percent.

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