SAN ANTONIO FOOD SERVICE WORKERS CRY FOUL OVER CUSTODIAL DUTIES:
The San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel is fighting a new policy that directs food-service workers to clean cafeterias, after the district cut custodian positions and consolidated many of them into off-campus work crews.
Alliance Executive Vice President Rachel Martinez said food service employees have been given the extra responsibilities of trash collection, sweeping and mopping, and sanitizing of tables, often with a requirement to finish the work in a short span of time with no overtime allowed. While some of these duties were already required in the kitchen, the requirement has now been extended to the whole cafeteria, the employee lounge, and the student mall and common eating areas in the high schools.
News of the policy came shortly after newspaper headlines from Dripping Springs ISD told of a school policy forcing teachers to clean their own classrooms within 15 minutes after classes are released. The policy came after the district laid off several custodians. Teachers who fail to clean their rooms are reported to administrators. Read More.