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City Employees Award Ceremony

Original post made by Walker, South of Midtown, on Oct 4, 2007

To-day (10/4)there are many happy Palo Alto city employees enjoying a catered lunch in the band circle at Mitchell Park. It is their annual award ceremony in which employees are acknowledged for every 5 years of service they give to the City.

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Posted by Dan W
a resident of Professorville
on Oct 4, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Of course they're happy. This is the start of a three-day weekend for most of them since they don't work on Fridays.

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Posted by Dolly
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2007 at 9:02 am

No, you forgot the holiday. It was a four day weekend.

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Posted by Debbie Martins
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 10, 2007 at 9:19 am

Do our city employees really have Friday off?! I was pretty disappointed with the spinless negotiating tactics showed by the city in the last union contract talks. Even a former Mayor was outraged by the giant giveaways in that contract.

I know our employees are overpaid, but are they really underworked to the extent that they have three day weekends like this. Who approved this policy?

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Posted by Sick of Palo Alto
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 12, 2007 at 11:00 am

How many times does it have to be explained before people get it? City workers who get every other Friday off do so by working longer days the rest of the time. Everyone works what amounts to 40 hours a week. That's full-time, folks. They also get off LEGAL holidays. I know a numer of city workers, and believe me they are not overpaid. Compare them to other places - the salaries are about average. They do have decent benefits. Shouldn't everyone?