One of the nice things about being a state worker has always been different options for work schedules.  You can do a normal, 40-hour work week.  You can do a 4/10, which means you work four days a week for ten hours a day, and take the fifth day off.  One of the most popular is the 9/8/80, wherein you work 9 hours a day for 8 days, 8 hours for one day, and take the 10th day off.  These last two options are known as Alternate Work Week Schedules.

The Gov sent down a note this afternoon, right around 3pm, letting all the state workers know that there will be no more AWWSs. (not to be confused with ROUSs…)  Instead, all state workers will be taking a mandatory furlough on the first and third Fridays of the month, beginning in February.  Net result:  the State will be closed on alternate Fridays, and state workers will be taking a 10% pay cut.

Easy to get up in arms, although those who complain are kinda hollow:  A friend of mine met her husband for lunch today, and he let her know that he’d been laid off from his sales job, since he was the most recent hire.  Makes it a little tougher to whine about a relatively small pay cut.

All in all, a great time for a weekend.

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