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Flex schedules not new


To the editor:

District Council 37 and Mayor Adams reached an agreement earlier this year that allows District Council 37 members who aren’t working remotely to have a four-day workweek, conditioned on their putting in a slightly longer workday (“4-day workweeks on the schedule for DC 37,” The Chief, Jan. 26.)

The mayor declared that what he called “this new compressed workweek pilot” would give those workers “the flexibility they deserve.”

The program, which also allows employees who extend their workdays a bit less to alternate between four-day and five-day weeks, was rightly hailed by DC 37 leader Henry Garrido as a welcome gain for his members.

Welcome, yes. But contrary to the mayor’s declaration, not new.

Some members of my union, the Organization of Staff Analysts, have enjoyed those flexible work schedules dating back to the end of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first term. We negotiated the change in 2015 as part of a contract that was retroactive to 2010 and ran through 2017. The actual implementation of the compressed schedules occurred in 2017.

From the start, it proved popular with those OSA members who took advantage of it. We expect DC 37’s members will also appreciate the greater flexibility the program offers.

Bob Croghan

The writer is chairperson of the Organization of Staff Analysts


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