The University will hire an external consultant to address a range of complaints raised by housekeepers in recent months, Chancellor Holden Thorp said at the Employee Forum meeting Wednesday.
“I want to help everybody who’s had difficulty in this situation, and I’m happy to make this investment of time and some money to pay an external consultant to see if we can come up with some new ideas,” Thorp said.
Jackie Overton, chairwoman of the forum, said four themes were expressed at the meetings with Thorp: retaliation, intimidation, management issues and inconsistent application of rules.
Housekeepers presented their complaints to Thorp in a previous meeting. The meeting followed weeks of controversy within the housekeeping ranks that began with a debate over the Wage-Hour Policy, which prohibits employees from taking additional breaks without prior approval from their supervisors.
“He heard quite an earful,” Overton said. “And after that meeting, we had three others, because the chancellor really wanted their concerns to be heard fully.