“It is absolutely going to destroy that pride that people have in an area.”
— Sue Mauren, principal officer for the Teamsters union representing University of Minnesota custodians. The union says the U’s shuffling of custodial duties — designed as an efficiency measure in a period of less staffing — will hurt efficiency, and that it violates its contract. It has filed a grievance. University officials disagree, saying they’re working within the agreement.
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.