Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Caretakers take U of M to task over workloads

  • Print

Emotions ran high at a University of Manitoba meeting on Friday, called to address the concerns of university caretakers over workloads.

"Every day that some of the caretakers come to work here, is the toughest day of their lives," Frank Wright, grievance chairman of CAW 3007, the union for the caretakers, told university officials during the meeting attended by about 100 people.

Wright said due to staff and budget cuts, caretakers are given an unrealistic amount of work for their shifts.

"They've doubled and tripled everybody's areas," said Wright. "Instead of caretakers looking after a 35,000-square-foot area, they're looking after 105,000- or 140,000-plus-square-foot area. In that amount of time, you cannot keep an area clean."

Aramark Canada Ltd. took over maintenance serves at the U of M in March, 2011.

In an email statement sent from its headquarters in Toronto, Aramark said: "We follow all terms and conditions of the union collective bargaining agreement, which includes a clear provision for how to address and resolve employee issues and concerns.

"We respect our employees' rights to express their concerns through the process outlined in that agreement and expect to be meeting with the union to discuss these issues."

During the meeting, Paul Kochan, vice-president of administration, agreed to meet with the representatives of caretakers in hopes of resolving their issues in the coming weeks.

David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the university, said they will assess the relative needs in the different areas of the university at the upcoming annual budget round.

"The university's challenge is to try to find sufficient staffing levels for all of the things that we do," said Barnard.

steph.crosier@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 2, 2013 A8

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

The Whiteboard - Jets' 5-on-3 penalty kill

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press.  Local- (Standup Photo). Watcher in the woods. A young deer peers from the forest while eating leaves by Cricket Drive in Assiniboine Park. A group of eight deer were seen in the park. 060508.
  • A goose heads for shade in the sunshine Friday afternoon at Woodsworth Park in Winnipeg - Day 26– June 22, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

How will you be spending the holiday season? (select all that apply)

View Results

Ads by Google