Annapolis Runs Out Of Holidays for Employees, May Be Forced to Create More

The perks that come with working for municipal governments are seen by some as lavish, but what happens when the perks run out? A recent study of paid holidays that are available to city employees has determined that the well may have run dry. This is a concern for many at the Annapolis City Hall who are worried about employee burnout.

“Time off for employees is important when you consider quality-of-life and mental health,” said Shanda Fleiss, Assistant to the Director of Annapolis City Human Resources. “Some of our employees work up to 35 hours per week, and it is unfair to expect them to be productive with the paltry number of holidays that they currently enjoy.”

Not including vacation, sick leave, personal leave, and the most minor of weather events, Annapolis City employees are off on all federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, Good Friday, and for the upcoming “Maryland Day” for a total of approximately 56 holidays. This is several times the number of paid holidays that are offered to most in the private sector. But that number is misleading, said Kurt Wendall, spokesman for the Brotherhood of Annapolis Municipal Employees.

“That may seem like a lot of time off to people who don’t work for city government,” said Wendall. “But we don’t compare ourselves to the private sector because they those companies require productivity and efficiency; we compare ourselves to other municipalities who have a similarly relaxed attitude when it comes to workload. And there are other municipalities, some in Maryland, that do offer more holidays than we do. And that is not fair to the employees of Annapolis. They look at city workers in other parts of the state who are offered even more time off than they have, and they get upset.”

City Council is taking action, with at least four alderpersons collaborating on a proposed ordinance to designate a day sometime in mid-August as “Annapolis Day.” Others are suggesting that the city begin to look some of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and, if necessary, Hindu religious celebrations as candidate for potential employee holidays. If suitable existing holidays cannot be found, then they will have to be created from scratch with such themes as “Sailing Celebration Day” or “Crabcake Day,” for example.

“I don’t care how it’s done, but we’re at a breaking point,” said Alderperson Sheila Finlayson (D -Ward 4), considered by most to be sympathetic to city employees. “Sometimes there are two or three weeks between holidays, and that’s just ridiculous. You’re talking about working people to death and that is unacceptable. That’s fine for private sector employees, because they’re used to it, but that won’t fly in city government.”

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