Petition in support of UCSD's service workers

Addressed to: Mark Cunningham, Assistant Vice Chancellor of HDH
Jana Severson, Chief of Staff, HDH
Margaret Nagase, Associate Director, HDH
Jennie Leibman, Director, Employee Relations, Work/Life
Christopher DeSaulniers, Employee Relations Specialist

We, the students of the University of California, San Diego, request that all Housing, Dining and Hospitality supervisors return Housing custodians their former one-hour lunch break. HDH supervisors have decreased the allotted time from one hour to thirty minutes. Many of the Housing custodians are discontent with this change because it does not allow them enough time to comfortably sit and eat their meal. A proper lunch break is designed for employees to return to their afternoon tasks with renewed energy and focus, but with the thirty-minute time constraints, many of the custodians feel rushed and extremely pressured to consume their food in the time frame of five to ten minutes and return to work straight afterward. It takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes to walk to Price Center and purchase a meal, not including the waiting period; therefore, leaving little to no time to eat and return to work with enough time to clock in. Many of the workers find themselves eating cold lunches because there is no time to wait in line to purchase food or wait in line to use the microwave. UCSD Principles of Community clearly state “We are committed to the highest standards of civility and decency toward all. We are committed to promoting and supporting a community where all people can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of abusive or demeaning treatment;”and therefore we demand HDH to uphold these standards.
In addition to this, we request that Housing, Dining, and Hospitality managerial staff, including the addressees listed on this letter, to implement an Open-Door Policy for both individual and groups of Service Workers to visit and express concerns and suggestions regarding their workplace. This Open-Door Policy will help to foster a respectable and inclusive work environment for all staff. Furthermore, this policy will allow for concerns shared by more than one worker to be expressed in an unintimidating and welcoming space. Rather than enforcing a one-on-one visiting policy, the allowance of groups to meet with managerial staff is an efficient mechanism to ensure that workplaces are safe, inclusive, and equitable for all staff members alike; thereby ensuring the best quality services.

Addressed to: Pradeep K. Khosla

During Chancellor Marye Anne Fox’s tenure at UC San Diego, she implemented an Open-Door Policy for any UCSD service worker to schedule a meeting with her. This policy was not only utilized to address service worker concerns, but also helped to foster an inclusive, safe and equitable environment that truly upheld the standards of the UCSD Principles of Community. Because of this, UCSD students, faculty, and staff request that Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla implement an Open-Door Policy in which individual or groups of UCSD service workers can schedule a meeting with the chancellor himself and arrange the topics of discussion in order to ensure that concerns and suggestions for improvement are heard and put into effect. In addition to this, we request that Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla issue a public statement to the UCSD community announcing his new Open-Door Policy.

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