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Custodians allege verbal abuse

May 2, 2013

KNOXVILLE, TN — On Wednesday, a panel of University of Tennessee (UT) custodians gathered together to air their grievances against their employer, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The custodians expressed that they felt "disrespected" by a new management team that is "quick to punish and slow to listen," the article stated.

According to the article, United Campus Workers, the representative of UT employees across its campuses, said that custodians have "faced verbal abuse, retaliatory transfers and unsafe working conditions — that have become endemic over the past year."

"We take very seriously all of the claims that have been alleged by the custodial employees of Facilities Services. All three employee shifts have met with senior management to share their concerns so that we can gather more information and address them," said Karen Ann Simsen, UT's media and internal relations director, in a statement.

The union cited turnover figures nearing 50 percent since 2012, helped along by forced transfers, schedule changes and increasingly isolated workers, the article noted.

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