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Custodians file grievances to UW human resources

October 18, 2010
SEATTLE — A delegation of 20 custodians on campus — accompanied by union and activist allies — delivered individually signed copies of a grievance form to the University of Washington''s (UW) human resources, outlining what they believe are violations of the 2009-11 contract between the university and the union that represents the custodians, according to The Daily.
According to the grievance form, UW facilities custodial managers posted on September 30 new requirements at one custodial area''s clocking stations in regards to the use of custodial closets as break rooms and new standards for the custodians'' timekeeping, the article stated.
The custodians allege that these new rules deny comfortable facilities for their breaks and the ability to heat meals, and that the rules violate their rights to overtime payment, the article noted.
According to the article, some of the custodians'' specific concerns with the new requirements include insufficient time to travel between the clocking station and work area, and the lack of overtime payment for the extra time needed to walk back and forth, as well as insufficient break time to walk between the work area and the few custodial break rooms on campus.
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