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MKE: Team Cleaning Stopped In Its Tracks (english)
06 Dec 2002
The TeamCleaning concept was stopped dead in its tracks today
when the Chancellor agreed to get rid of it in less than a
week. This feels like a very big and decisive victory here
in beertown.
Statement made December 4, 2002 by Jenny Peshut, Vice President AFSCME Local 82 at UWM

What We’ve Won – Jenny Peshut

The “Stop Team Cleaning” campaign ends today with a remarkable victory. After 6 months of action by students, workers, unions, faculty, alumni, community groups, and politicians, the UWM administration was forced to end the “team cleaning” program. A process was instituted with the union, and if properly carried out, it should bring about better working conditions for our custodial staff at UWM.

The notice we received from the UWM Administration about an hour ago, that “team cleaning” would end effective Monday, December 9, 2002, is testimony to the extraordinary power of our community’s collective action.

This victory was brought about by all of you through countless hours of rallying, phone calling, and other efforts too many to name. It will certainly improve the lives of UWM’s custodial workers. This is truly cause for celebration. Throughout this 6 month campaign, AFSCME Local 82 was overwhelmed by the support and commitment of our entire community, and today, we could not be more proud of what we have won together.

I would like to especially thank Students for Corporate Responsibility, Jobs with Justice and the members of the Milwaukee Workers Rights Board, and lastly, I would like to thank my fellow workers, the rank and file members of AFSCME Local 82.
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