LBRE Grounds Operations Suspended – Workers Sent Home with Pay due to Poor Air Quality.

On Friday, November 9th 2018 when SEIU Local 2007 leaders met with Stanford University at the Labor Management Committee the University had no defined plan or protocol to deal with these dangerous conditions.

The precautionary actions that were recommended did not consider the bargaining unit and their daily tasks. The University wanted to discuss the issue in January. The Union strongly urged management to consider the health of all of the workers on campus that were directly affected by the poor air quality.

Days later the smoke continues to linger and the air quality has reached unhealthy levels. Today, Thursday, November 15th, 2018 LBRE AVP Bob Reidy suspended Grounds Operations at 1:00pm. Workers were sent home with pay for the remainder of the day, all day Friday, and all day Saturday. The department is currently reviewing the exposure of the other remaining groups to determine if their operations can continue safely or if, they too, should be sent home.

The Union will be collaborating with the LBRE Employee Health and Safety to develop future protocols.

So far Bob Reidy is the only University leader that has taken workers’ health and safety into consideration. We commend him for the actions he took today.

 

LBRE Grounds Services Director, Ted Tucholski and LBRE Safety Manager, Lizzette Vargas-Malpica gather Grounds workers to announce the suspension of operations.
LBRE Grounds Services Director, Ted Tucholski and LBRE Safety Manager, Lizzette Vargas-Malpica gather Grounds workers to announce the suspension of operations.