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Negotiate solutions to staffing woes


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 30, 2014

~~<p>The city has embarked on a promising solution for its immediate staffing shortage in the Emergency Medical Services Division, one that should be explored for shift work in more government settings.</p>
<p>The idea now at the center of contract negotiations with officials of the United Public Workers &mdash; substituting 12-hour shifts for the traditional 8-hour work day &mdash; is hardly a new concept. But it's increasingly catching on in various workforce settings, including manufacturers working on government contracts and full-time government employees accustomed to around-the-clock scheduling, such as police and hospital workers.</p>
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The city has embarked on a promising solution for its immediate staffing shortage in the Emergency Medical Services Division, one that should be explored for shift work in more government settings.

The idea now at the center of contract negotiations with officials of the United Public Workers — substituting 12-hour shifts for the traditional 8-hour work day — is hardly a new concept. But it's increasingly catching on in various workforce settings, including manufacturers working on government contracts and full-time government employees accustomed to around-the-clock scheduling, such as police and hospital workers. Login for more...



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