Utah ends 4-day workweek experiment

September 4, 2011 - 2:05 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's experiment with a first-in-the-nation four-day workweek for state workers is over.

State workers will return to the five-day workweek Tuesday, but they won't immediately start working a full week because of the Labor Day holiday.

Lawmakers scratched the experiment, saying it was not saving as much money as hoped and that residents were complaining about not having access to services on Fridays.

Utah Public Employees Association representative Todd Sutton says the change won't be easy for many employees. Some had arranged daycare schedules for the four-day week, while others were using their free Fridays to work second jobs or volunteer.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman launched the four-day workweek for thousands of employees in 2008 to improve efficiency, reduce overhead costs and conserve energy.