Teaneck municipal offices will be open on Fridays, reversing a four-day work schedule in place for town hall employees, officials said Tuesday night.
Beginning on Jan 6., the Municipal Building and Richard Rodda Center will be open until 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin. Tuesday hours will be until 7 p.m.
The 8 a.m. opening time was expected to stay in place at the town hall.
The five-day schedule was part of a contract agreement reached with town hall employees, the mayor said. Staffers will work in shifts and all departments will be open while the building is open.
Hameeduddin has said he was working on the issue, but could not divulge details of labor negotiations.
“Sometimes things take longer in government than we’d like them to, but this is the right outcome for all parties involved,” he said.
The four-day workweek was implemented in summer 2010 after a trial program.
Residents have attended council meetings calling for the governing body to reopen town hall departments on Fridays. Some residents have argued the four-day schedule was inconvenient and decided without widespread public input. A review by Township Attorney Stanley Turitz later found references to the policy in meeting minutes.
Unionized workers at the municipal building initially urged council members not to change the schedule. At the time, union workers cited increased productivity and morale.
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Editor's Note: A previous version of this article attributed the opening time of town offices to Hameeduddin. The opening time for town offices was not immediately confirmed.