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'Wyatt Weekends' not on 2013 calendar

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"Wyatt Weekends" won’t be coming to Winnipeg this calendar year.

City council finance chairman Russ Wyatt (Transcona) said it won’t be possible to implement mandatory days off for non-essential city staffers – an idea he dubbed Wyatt Weekends — until 2014 at the earliest.

Such a move could save the city up to $6.5 million a year, according to a preliminary estimate from city staff, Wyatt said. He earlier estimated greater savings from requiring city staffers to take three months of unpaid Fridays.

Wyatt first floated the idea during the spring, basing it on the provincial "Filmon Fridays" during the 1990s.

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