CHAPEL HILL, NC — Yesterday, students skipped class and maintenance workers played hooky to protest a potential schedule change for University of North Carolina (UNC) support staff, according to the News Observer.
If the plan comes to fruition and the university eliminates the flexible scheduling that allowed maintenance staff to work four 10-hour shifts, they will be forced to work five days a week for eight hours at a time, the story stated.
According to the story, the elimination of 31 maintenance positions over the last several years has made it increasingly difficult to maintain safe and clean built environments without a change in workloading.
The scheduling change is not expected to save the university any money but, as inferenced by university spokesperson Susan Houston, will increase workers’ efficiency, the story noted.
Chuck Brink, an electrician who sits on the campus Employee Forum, claims an extra day of commuting will cost employees in fuel and maintenance expenses, saying: "That''s going to effectively be a pay cut. We haven''t hired anybody in forever, and we keep getting more square footage to take care of."
The suggested shift in workloading will affect all 150 maintenance professionals at UNC, the story added.
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