RED BANK SCRAPS FOUR-DAY WORKWEEK

boro-hall-hoursAfter a year of shortened weeks that yielded only about $5,000 in energy savings, borough hall will revert to a Monday-through-Friday schedule next month. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Layoffs and furloughs are looming, but Red Bank government employees are getting their regular weekends back.

The borough council formally recognized its year-long experiment with a four-day workweek hasn’t really been the energy-saver it was cracked up to be, and is resuming the regular schedule for workers at 90 Monmouth Street.

The normal workweek will run from 9a to 5p, Monday through Friday, instead of 8a to 6p, Monday through Thursday.

It takes effect June 1 — a Tuesday — meaning employees can soak in a workweek-long Memorial Day weekend at the end of this month before getting back to the 9-to-5.

But it comes at a time that officials are pressing the town government’s two collective bargaining units — the Policeman’s Benevolent Association and Communications Workers of America — for concessions that will enable furloughs. Otherwise, there will be layoffs, they say.

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BOROUGH HALL TO UNDERGO ENERGY AUDIT

rb-borough-hallThe borough acquired and renovated the onetime auto showroom and office building in 1997. (Click to enlarge)

The home of Red Bank’s government is about to get a going-over by a team of energy experts looking for drafts and lights left burning when no one’s around.

Under a $7,947 contract with Steven Winter Associates of East Brunswick, the audit also calls for an evaluation of the Senior Citizens Center on Shrewsbury Avenue.

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