GW should deal with its important staff higher – The GW Hatchet
Matthew Allen is a sophomore and chair of Roosevelt’s advocacy at GWU.
GW employees are the spine of our college. It actually would not be an exaggeration to say that they’re those who preserve our campus operating easily every single day. And, whereas these essential workers members have typically been underestimated, their efforts through the COVID-19 pandemic are notably deserving of reward and recognition. Because the begin of the pandemic, frontline workers on the College have been continually placing their lives on the road to maintain our training uninterrupted.
Regardless of their fixed work, we on the Roosevelt community have heard quite a few testimonials from employees who officers refused to do sufficient to guard their security throughout this troublesome time. Officers offered restricted advantages and poorly responsive whistleblower protocols. Contemplating the important position they play in all of our each day lives, it’s appalling that now we have heard testimonies about their mistreatment.
On the one hand, GW solely provides the not less than 80 hours of paid depart within the occasion of a pandemic required by the federal authorities, which is precisely equal to the 2 weeks that suggested by public well being consultants as a quarantine interval for many who have contracted or have been uncovered to COVID-19. Which means if employees must quarantine themselves a number of instances, they need to achieve this with out receiving a paycheck, which for a lot of is simply not an possibility.
The employees we spoke to all expressed concern that they didn’t have an enough mechanism to report violations and issues concerning the College’s present safety insurance policies. After we met Dana Bradley, the director of human assets, and different members of the human assets division final semester, they appeared fairly pleased with the truth that their whistleblower reporting system – which permits employees to report security violations – acquired no submissions. However we discover this extraordinarily worrying. Slightly than serving as proof of an extremely unlikely whole of zero points over the span of this pandemic, it highlights how a lot the system itself must be improved. In the event that they have not acquired any formal complaints, because the employees we spoke to have a myriad of points they wish to clear up, they want to verify the employees know and are not afraid to make use of their whistleblower reporting system.
The directors are additionally affirming that employees who’ve exhausted their pandemic depart can obtain employees’ compensation. However the frontline employees we spoke to did not know of anybody who had efficiently used this profit. Officers, whereas celebrating this coverage as one in every of their successes, haven’t launched particular information on what number of employees have used this program regardless of our efforts to take action.
By refusing to do extra to maintain our employees secure, directors are primarily telling staff they’ve to decide on between their monetary well being and their bodily well being, a selection nobody ought to ever be compelled to make. The Roosevelt Community and a number of other co-signatory organizations not too long ago revealed a letter to officers demanding that they enhance paid pandemic depart within the occasion of a pandemic to 180 hours and take different measures to guard GW employees. If you wish to be part of us and assist GW’s frontline employees, signal our petition and contact the administration. Our frontline employees are members of the GW group, similar to all of us. They deserve our assist.