Five-Day Workweek Returns for Teaneck Municipal Offices

Town Hall will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Tuesdays until 7 p.m.

Teaneck municipal offices will once again be open five days a week starting Monday.

The municipal building and recreation department main office will now be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Tuesdays until 7 p.m.

The Department of Public Works office will remain open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Recycling Depot will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The return to a five-day work schedule was part of a contract agreement with town hall employees, Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin said in October when the decision was made.

The municipal offices went to a four-day workweek in 2011 as part of a trial program. However, residents complained the schedule was inconvenient.

Art Vatsky January 06, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Mr. Pignatoro is very kind. I believe the 4 day work schedule, which included 13 3 day weeks, began in 2010. It was clear the experiment had "issues" from early on but the Council/Manager must have felt themselves backed into a corner. What employee wouldn't want 39 3-day weekends and 13-4 day weekends? You can't blame the staff for this plan. It was the Council who took the initiative on it. What were they thinking? How many Teaneck citizens were inconvenienced for the 3+ years of this schedule? The new schedule is better.
shimon baum January 06, 2014 at 08:22 AM
That's assuming you still got paid for the full week instead of just the 4 day weeks.
Art Vatsky January 07, 2014 at 03:32 AM
Let's be fair, our town hall employees worked the same hours - 35 - when they worked either schedule. It was just that the hours of access by the public was reduced by about 1 hr. I never understood that. Until the 4 day workweek went into effect, town hall was open 40 hours a week. Then it became 38.75 hours, I think. I don't understand why the Council allowed that. What were they thinking? Our Council is not very good at explaining its actions. It is part of their lack of transparency.
Yoni January 07, 2014 at 08:33 AM
I think they explained it repeatedly. They wanted to have one late night so those of us who work in the city during the week can have hours that we can go to Town offices without having to take time off from work. It was very convenient. Too bad they gave in to one loudmouth nudnik who's been complaining about it non-stop for 3 years. I guess the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Important lesson to the rest of us to raise our voices.
shimon baum January 07, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Yeah if you get off work at exactly 5pm and work in Washington Heights the 7PM time may be convenient, but for the rest of us not so much.
Tom Abbott January 07, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Yoni's explanation is that to allow the office to stay open 2 hours later one evening per week, the council closed the office for a full day each week. No council member ever suggested this was the purpose. They described the evening hours as a beneficial side effect. Clearly, this could have been accomplished without closing Friday's as evidenced by the new schedule which keeps both the Tuesday evening hours. The primary reason the members who supported the move to a four day schedule gave was that it would save money. As with most decisions by council, this was not based on evidence. The proponents convinced reluctant council members to go along with it on a trial basis. It then became permanent with no further public discussion.
Tom Abbott January 07, 2014 at 01:51 PM
The contention that it was "one loudmouth nudnik" is equally faulty. Anyone paying attention to council meetings, reading the letters to the Suburbanite, or who was aware of the Patch survey on the issue would know this was nonsense.
shimon baum January 07, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Exactly. This town has never listened to majority opinion. So why would they change something based on one person.
Yoni January 07, 2014 at 09:08 PM
"No council member ever suggested this was the purpose." False, I read it on several occasions. One of them is here: http://www.northjersey.com/news/118146884_Staff_defend_4-day_work_week.html?mobile=1&c=y
Yoni January 07, 2014 at 09:08 PM
"The contention that it was "one loudmouth nudnik" is equally faulty." True. One loudmouth nudnik on Teaneck Patch. Several loudmouth nudniks at the council meetings.
Tom Abbott January 08, 2014 at 12:07 AM
I can see I was not clear enough in saying that I was referring to public discussion before the Friday closing was implemented. The article cited by Yoni quotes comments made about 18 months afterwards. However, in public discussions beforehand the primary reason given was that closing Fridays would save money. The expansion of Tuesday hours was discussed but more as a beneficial side effects. It was only after the fact that the expanded hours became the main reason. Note that does not mean Mr. Katz did not always consider it a prime reason. It is just not how the matter was discussed.
Alan Sohn January 08, 2014 at 08:27 AM
The two added hours on Tuesdays came at the cost of losing eight hours every Friday. For the past 220 Fridays, every resident, developer, contractor, real estate agent, attorney and business owner lost needed access to township offices for one full day per week. The restoration of five full days of service for five days of pay is a tremendous victory. Without all those who worked over the past four years to insist on Teaneck's return to a full service township, this never would have happened, as our council majority fought tooth and nail to keep township offices closed every Friday. As this only happened because of a bunch of nudniks, I'd say that we owe those nudniks our gratitude.
John Santaella January 12, 2014 at 01:21 PM
It is not a 5 day work week if the town manager only commutes 4 days a week


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