DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: SHIFT WORK

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: SHIFT WORK
Problem Identification:
The Bureau of General Services ‘ Building Maintenance Division currently operates Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. However, much of the work must be performed in the evening hours in order to minimize disruptions of day-to-day business. Overtime costs are incurred for this work.

Recommended Action:
Institute a second shift to perform building maintenance functions that cannot be performed during the City’s normal business hours.

Classification:
Cost Savings, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
Building Maintenance Division, Labor Commissioner, and local unions

Estimated Annual Impact:
While the immediate financial impact cannot be estimated, the implementation of a second shift would lead to reductions in overtime expenses and less service-related disruptions during the work day.

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
Work schedules are governed by the City’s collective bargaining agreements.

Projected Implementation:
Cannot be Determined

Next Steps:
Open discussions with the Labor Commissioner and local unions to propose a second shift and perhaps weekend work.

Analysis:
In the absence of a second shift, critical renovations and various repairs cannot be performed during the day without disrupting other City workforces.

A committee consisting of union members and DPW management was established to examine this issue.