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Niagara County sets new Social Services work hours

LOCKPORT – All employees of the Niagara County Social Services Department will be required to work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, starting Oct. 13, County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz said last week.

The move ends more than a decade of allowing Social Services workers to choose their hours, ranging from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for those who preferred early hours, to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for late risers. Thus, opnly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. was everyone available. However, there were reports of workers coming late and leaving early, and Glatz said, “You unfortunately lose flexibility because people take advantage of it, and it becomes a baby-sitting nightmare.”

The effective date of the schedule change was pushed back five weeks after objections from county legislators at the Aug. 4 Legislature meeting. However, the Civil Service Employees Association was unable to file a grievance because the agreement that created the flexible schedule allowed either side to cancel it with two weeks’ notice.