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10/15/04

Shipyard Employees Could Get Shorter Work Week

Eight hours a day, five days a week, could become a thing of the past at Northrop Grumman.

If union workers vote in favor of the 4-10 work week, soon 85-percent of Northrop employees will work ten hours Monday through Thursday and get every Friday off.

Union leader Chico McGill says there are both negative and positive aspects to the proposal.

"If you only work four days a week, a person is less apt to miss a day with four days a week than with five days. With five days, they'd lose a fifth of their paycheck, with four they'd lose a quarter," Union Leader Chico McGill says."

The less employees take off, the more work that could get done.

McGill says a higher production rate is a good thing for Northrop Grumman because it could increase their profits.

But the affect of the 4-10 work week isn't a clear-cut for Northrop Grumman workers.

"Some people don't want it period because it's going to cut out overtime. Some people want it because they get extra days off. You have another group that's used to working five days a week and they'd just rather keep it the way we got things," McGill says.

Northrop Grumman officials didn't want to comment on the proposal.

Other companies with flexible scheduling found productivity and morale improve, there's less worker stress, as well as other benefits.

"I like being off three days,"Shipyard worker Jimmy Elliot says.

"I drive a hundred miles a day. Hundred miles a week will save a lot on me and my car,"Shipyard work Sam Scarborough says.

Chico McGill says neutral on the 4-10 work week.

As a union leader, he just wants the workers to be satisfied with the results.

by Jaimee Goad

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