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Does Notre Dame need a union?

Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, April 14, 2009

First of all, I would like to thank the students of the Campus Labor Action Project (CLAP) and the faculty and staff for supporting your campus service workers. I honestly believe that with their persistence on behalf of us there have been some positive changes within our department of Building Services. For example, we now have an awesome facilities director and we are fortunate to have a new associate director. Of course, continuous improvement takes time. For example, when a supervisor fails to treat her staff with fairness and respect, trust and productivity are eroded. Unfortunately, some staff will be afraid to speak up. Others will complain about the problem but never bring the issue forward. In such a case it is imperative that senior leadership seek out patterns of concern and halt the negative consequences of a poor supervisor. Does Notre Dame Building Services need a union? I don’t think so provided that ineffective supervision is prohibited and staff are free to honestly voice their concerns. So, I say to my fellow coworkers don’t be afraid to speak up! You have that right!

Mary Beth Sosa


Building Services

April 9