Custodians are an essential part of our school. Without custodians, trash would pile up, bathrooms would be unusable; our campus would completely fall apart. You may have noticed that this process has already started, but it’s not happening because custodians are lazy. Instead, it is a result of harsh cuts imposed by the administration of our school. These cuts have given custodians an impossible workload.
Some issues affecting custodians:
- Furloughs: Workers are forced to take 6 days off work per year–unpaid.
- Speed-up: One worker is assigned to an area where there used to be three workers.
- Limited workforce: Laney’s custodial staff has been cut from 28 to 12 — and four are subs!
- Subs: Peralta is refusing to hire subs because they “don’t have enough experience”. Subs are supposed to become full-time after half a year. The shortest time a sub has worked is 2 years.
Here’s what custodians have to say:
§ “The campus is growing–but the custodial staff is not. Instead, we are shrinking.”
§ “The district office at Laney has 3 custodians assigned to it. The entire E building has 1. That shows you their priority. The administration doesn’t care so long as it doesn’t affect them.”
§ “We aren’t given enough people to do a good job — they work us like galley slaves.”
§ “…and they wonder why we’re always tired and sick — we’re overworked.”
§ “When the administration looks at their budget, they cut part-time faculty and custodians. They think we’re dirt — that we are expendable.”
§ “The administration is trying to make us pay for their mistakes with their budget.”
These cuts are not unique to custodians — all sections of Peralta are under attack. It is especially important that the most precarious people of the school — including custodians, students, part-timers, classified staff — stand together to fight back.
Cuts mean war. Time to fight back.
This flyer was written together by custodians & students at Laney College.