City participating in third round of Workshare Program

City participating in third round of Workshare Program

PAWTUCKET – The city will be instituting a third round of the Workshare Program after the completion of a second round in the end of 2020. The city, having offset $1 million from the two previous Workshare rounds, anticipates offsetting another $300,000 in taxpayer dollars from this one.

The program has been effective in offsetting the budget deficit caused by the pandemic, says Mayor Donald Grebien.

“The city continues to act in a fiscally conscious manner while providing high quality services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program continues to be supported by both Local 1012 and Local 3960,” he said. “The pandemic has hit all of the communities in Rhode Island hard. Workshare has provided us with the opportunity to keep employees during these uncertain times, and I want to thank the unions and all employees for their continued patience. We will get through this pandemic together and be stronger for it.”

To achieve the savings, City Hall will be closed on Fridays until March 13 except for Feb. 12, 19 and 26. The anticipated savings may change should there be a snowstorm, as employees will need to be brought in.

Workshare, a program offered by the Unemployment Insurance Division in the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, allows qualified employers to reduce the hours of work for employees rather than lay them off completely during a time of economic hardship.

City Hall will operate Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment. Call 401-728-0500 or visit www.pawtucketri.com to schedule an appointment.