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Custodians complain of doing too much with too little

March 22, 2010
PULLMAN, WA — The custodians at Washington State University at Pullman are complaining that they have more work piling up than they can complete, according to the Daily Evergreen.
Lately, the custodians have been asked to complete more tasks in significantly less time, something they find troubling as it could easily lead to the campus becoming unsanitary, the story stated.
Because custodians used to have over nine hours to complete their daily tasks and now only have eight, corners are being cut to meet productivity requirements, the story noted.
Lawrence Davis, associate vice president of facilities operations, said: "This isn''t a problem unique to Washington State University or custodians. This is a problem across the board. We''re all stretched thin."
Custodians are no longer required to empty trash cans in offices and classrooms and the frequency of tasks such as sweeping and dusting have been reduced, the story added.
According to the story, numerous custodians have also complained that work assignments are not divided evenly among staff, making it increasingly difficult for those with time-consuming tasks to complete them in a timely and orderly fashion.
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