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University custodians frustrated by changes

August 17, 2011
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MINNEAPOLIS — Cleaning of the University of Minnesota has a cheaper price tag, but not everyone is happy about it, according to the Star Tribune.

The Twin Cities campus was able to cut 52 custodial positions through early retirements, avoiding any layoffs, the article stated.

According to the article, the overwhelming view of the remaining custodians is cleaning the same amount of space with fewer staff will be difficult.

In order to avoid any problems, the department moved to a more team oriented form of cleaning: In the past, one custodian might have been responsible for part of a single building, but now, that custodian will handle just one duty for a larger area, as part of a team, the article noted.

The union that represents university custodians believes the move will cause workers to be less accountable, the article added.

"It is absolutely going to destroy that pride that people have in an area," said Sue Mauren, the principal officer for Teamsters Local 320, which represents the custodians.

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