Thursday night’s student meeting went into closed session after 15 minutes to keep strategies private, members said.
Students also said they did not want to jeopardize the involved workers’ jobs, though University officials have previously said workers won’t be fired for protesting.
Members from the Black Student Movement, Students for a Democratic Society and SAW came to the second meeting as organizers. Students independent from organizations and a University groundskeeper also attended.
Edd Lovette, director of building services, and Van Dobson, executive director for facilities services and chief facilities officer, said the changes will make the University more efficient and will save money in light of a campuswide 5 percent budget cut.
They said the change will stabilize the number of workers on campus each day.
But workers and the students joining them said the change will not save money or ensure efficiency in the department.
Ana Maria Reichenbach, a SAW member, said workers have complained that the change will affect their lives outside their job.
“There are workers who have second jobs that are apart from the University and this change would not allow them to have that second job,” she said.
“Some workers also have schoolwork to do on that other day.”
Ashton said the University officials’ claims are unfounded.
Ashton said students need to realize the cause’s importance, adding that if protestors succeed they could prevent similar workers’ rights issues in the future.
“Workers’ rights are important because one day we’re going to be workers, and students need to know what’s going on,” Ashton said.
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Amanda Ellis, a junior not representing any student organizations, said she wants to change the way students and administrators treat workers.
“A lot of times, we reduce what these workers do to make the University what it is, and that’s not fair,” Ellis said.
“Human life is the most precious thing in the world and when I see it being taken advantage of, I need to stand up for it,” she added.
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