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40-hour week

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

A judge has ruled that Gov. William Donald Schaefer has the authority to order state employees to work 40 hours a week. Schaefer mandated the longer workweek in February to save money. About half of the state's 80,000 employees work 35 1/2 hours a week under a 1942 personnel policy. Lawyers for two unions representing thousands of state workers argue that Schaefer violated their contracts by calling for longer hours without compensation.

The Evening Sun wants to know what you think about state workers working a 40-hour week, and whether they should be compensated for the difference.

To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County). After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your Touch-Tone phone. The code is 4600. The results will be published tomorrow.

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