Town Square

Post a New Topic

40 Hour Work Week for City Employees

Original post made by Barron Park resident, Barron Park, on Oct 15, 2014

Do any of the candidates running for city council support the normal concept of city employees working 40 hours per week?

None of this taking off every other Friday.

This clearly benefits only the employees, not the residents of Palo Alto.

Why is this tolerated, when the number of city employees to residents is already out of line with neighboring cities?

Comments (4)

Posted by Good Question
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Good question. I hope the candidates respond to it.

I'd also like them to address the fact that we have the number of city workers making more than $150K in straight salary is also out of line. I'd like to hear the justification for paying those workers over-time pay on top of the high salaries.

Maybe it's just me who thinks $300K for a night police dispatcher is a tad high.

Posted by The Shadow knows...........
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

Hmmm - methinks this is another somewhat misinformed criticism of City Hall. The employees - those who are on the 9/80 schedule, that is - do work 80 hours every 2 weeks. Not all employees are on the 9/80 schedule, many do work a traditional 40 hour week. City Hall is not closed on Fridays.

The staffing ratio is high because comparable Cities do not have their own Utility Departments, nor do they have 5 branch Libraries.

I do agree that compensation and benefits is a different question. The current Council and Manager have been dealing with that to the extent that contracts, unions, and - gasp - the market place have enabled them to do so.

Posted by Sea REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

Sea REDDY is a registered user.

Hello Palo Alto citizens

We are a high velocity city with start-ups and businesses working long hours.

Having essential support services for citizens, businesses, elderly is REQUIRED to be open all work days except state/federal mandated holidays.

Palo Alto city needs to be open all 5 days. They can figure out who can work 9 hours and all that. Do not need to shut off; but must staff accordingly if they are not doing it already.

I have been advocating removal of 9/80 (some of) and talked to PA Weekly in an interview with Bill Johnson last week.


Posted by Ha ha
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Carlos Slim doesn't think anyone should work more than three days a week, i.e., three twelve hour shifts. He feels they should then be paid and benefitted for forty hours, or so he did on CNN this week.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

Holiday Fun in San Francisco- Take the Walking Tour for An Evening of Sparkle!
By Laura Stec | 8 comments | 2,599 views

Pacifica’s first brewery closes its doors
By The Peninsula Foodist | 0 comments | 2,303 views

Premiere! “I Do I Don’t: How to build a better marriage” – Here, a page/weekday
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,702 views


Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund

For the last 30 years, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has given away almost $10 million to local nonprofits serving children and families. 100% of the funds go directly to local programs. It’s a great way to ensure your charitable donations are working at home.