Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 14, 1972 · Page 9
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 9

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Monday, August 14, 1972
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· Northwest Aikctntas TIMES, Man., Aug. T4, 1972 FAYITTIVILII, A R K A N I A * ,;; Housework-Employment Compromises V^, IT wo Part-Time Workers Share One Full-Time Job By ANN BLACKMAN BOSTON (AP -- Looking (or a cornpromtse between full- time housework and full-time employment? Thousands oi women now stuck at home wilh kids and dust mops are, and the concept of job sharing may be nn answer. Consider these examples; Marie Malaro, housewife and mother of two, is one of two lawyers sharing one full-time position at the Smithsonian In- slitution in Washington. Barbara Springer of Artisley, N.Y.. housewife and mother of three, is one of two librarians sharing one position at a college library near their home. Alice MacDonald of Newton Center, Mass., housewife and mother o[ Uvo, is one of two social workers sharing one caseload in the Massachusetts Public Welfare Department. ENTHUSIASM SHOWN All are participants in job sharing--two part-lime workers carrying the responsibility of one full-time position. Women's groups are showing enthusiasm for the concept; many potential employers are more guarded in their reaction. "I feel like a person again,'* said Mrs. Malaro. "When y o u slay home, the housework becomes dull and monotonous. But when I got into the legal pro fession again, I saw things at home are just as important as those in the office. The days I'm at home I enjoy it more. I have more perspective now." Mrs. Springer and Mrs. MacDonald agree. Thy say they're home in time to have dinner on the table, don't feel as tired during the day and, perhaps more important to them, have an identity of their own. All three women split fringe benefits such as sick leave and vacation with their partners. All concede that they are not paid the f u l l going rate for the workload they assume, but insist they are willing to take less money in exchange for a flexible lime schedule. Advocates of job sharing say putting two part-time workers in one full-time position can be an economical, efficient means of obtaining a high-quau'ty per, formance. WGOKll PAYOFF "You can get a bigger pay-off from part-time employment than from one full-time person who doesn't work at full capacity," said Felice N. Schwnrtz. "You increase your reservoir of people to draw from. There's a higher energy level. Employers must realize lhat if they're not more flexible wilh job schedules, they'll have to com- promise quality." Mrs. Schwartz, 47, Is founder and president of Catalyst, a non-profit, New York-bused organization devoted to expanding employment opportunities for college-educated fnmt- ly women. In (he past two years, she and Catalyst staffers have approached more than 1,000 largo companies and other business organizations, most of which she said, are Interested In exploring the idea of job sharing. But 10 employment services surveyed by The Associated Press inrtlcnicci employers a r e less Ihnn ctilhuslnstlc, "It's very very difficult to convince employers this works unless you have (he living, breathing lalr right in front of them," said J a n e Fleming, who slnircs her Job us director o f ] the counseling and information service for Washington Opportunities (or Women. In the six years the service lias been operating, she said, it has located only six women in shared jobs, MONK WILLING Directors ot tho Boston Project for Careers said they have talked with 50 employers about job sharing since Itist Septem- ber. Mono has been w i l l i n g to experiment, wilh the Idea. A two-year pilot program sponsored by Catalyst with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services in Boston resulted In 1,500 job inquiries. Fifty , pui'Uime ease workers were hired for 25 full-time jobs. Departmental statistics show that half-timers had proportionally more face-to-face client contacts Ihnn their full-time counterparts and quit at one- third tho usual rale. "The principal advantage was that this system gave us a high quality, mature woman to handle a thankless kind of job," said Daniel I. Cronin, former regional director of the Boston welfare office "Plus, half-time workers brought built-in enthusiasm and capabilities." Mrs. Schwartz mid Cronin acknowledged disadvantages in pulling two parl-limc workers In one Job. The employer has to deal wilh two personalities. More paperwork, training and supervision sometime* are needed. But Cronin said llml ns (in employer he found Itic advantages outweighed the disadvantages. Warnock Claims AIP Petitions Done Properly LITTLE ROCK (AF) -- John Norman Warnock of Camden, chairman of a petition drive to place the American party presidential nominees on the Arkansas ballot, said Sunday iie knew of no improprieties in obtaining the signatures. Thomas Glaze, chairman of The Election Laws Institute, said that an investigation has shown that there are criminal violations concerning the peti- , tions. He has said that the petitions contain the names o[ sev- .eral fictitious persona. j The petitions have been certi- · fitd by Secretary of- State Kelly . Bryant. Warnock, state American party counsel who returned to Arkansas this weekend alter a month-long vacation, said that he has lost Interest in the drive since Gov. George Wallace of Alabama is not the party's nominee. In an inlrview with the Arkansas Radio Network, Warnock said Wallace was the only candidate who could make any showing of third-party strength in Arkansas. Rep. John Schmitz of California is the party's nominee. Warncck said he would support the re-election of President Richard Nixon rather than Schmitz's bid. Poll Indicates Registration Of Parly Members PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -Eighty per cent of both Democrats and Republicans are registered to vote, according to the latest Gallup Poll. The poll, released Sunday, indicated a rise In the percentage of Democrats registered. A similar poll taken in the first three m o n t h s of the year showed 80 per cent registration hy Republicans, compared with 72 per cent by Democrats. The Gallup organization said the poll was the first since it began "registration audits" in the mld-30s that showed the Democrats, the larger party, with as high a percentage of registrants as the GOP. The figure is .based on interviews with 4,149 persons over 18 during June, July and the lirst week of August. The poll attributed the gains among the Democrats to sharp increases in registration of non- whiles and young voters. 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