Forty-Hour Week For New York
As ordered by Fire Commissioner Edward Thompson, New York City’s fire fighters went on a 40-hour work week— from their previous 42-hour week— beginning January 1. The installation of the new work week required the promotion of four deputy chiefs, 17 battalion chiefs, 41 captains and 110 lieutenants.
The reduction in hours also required appointment of 500 firemen, but this was delayed for a short while until the present large group of probationary firemen has cleared through the probationary fireman’s school. Salary cost for the 42-hour week was $102,074,058, and the new hours will require an additional outlay of $4,120,000. The increase number of firemen will raise the budget quota from 10,153 to 10,659 men and the over-all uniformed force to 13,160.