GREENFIELD — A switch to a 40-hour work week for Greenfield city employees seems unlikely, at least in the near future.
Council President John Patton pitched the idea for hourly employees to work 40 hours instead of the current 35. But a committee meeting this week raised red flags over cost, and now city officials are looking for ways employees can be more efficient with the 35-hour schedule.
“It’s not economically feasible at this time, probably,” said Mayor Dick Pasco.
Pasco came to the Tuesday meeting having done his homework: Increasing the salaries of each hourly employee to work 40 hours a week would cost $559,000.
If the salaries of department heads and police and fire employees were also increased by 14 percent, it would cost a total of $1.27 million.