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Custodians no longer required to shred

January 25, 2013

NASHUA, NH — Nashua School District custodians will no longer be required to shred confidential documents, according to The Telegraph.

shreddingThe board of education has sided with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 365, the union representing the custodians, effectively ruling that the practice of having custodians shred confidential documents must stop, the article stated.

According to the article, the board was more concerned about the potential access a custodian could have to confidential material, rather than whether or not the work fell under the custodian’s job description.

"While I clearly think that shredding paper is not beneath the custodial service… I think that's part of their job, but with the lack of any policy with reference to confidential information… the confidentiality part of it concerns me greatly," said board member Sandra Ziehm.

The grievance was originally filed after a custodian questioned whether or not they should be shredding confidential documents as part of their job description, the article noted.

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