|Generally popular among faculty|
These changes are obviously unpopular with some or all (IVC Facilities and Maintenance) classified.For instance, on the 28th of July, I received an email from a classified employee that requested that I read a forwarded email from an individual [I won’t identify him or her] to IVC’s Ac. Senate Prez, KS. It was dated July 25:
Kathy, … I am [X], the ___, and we have a situation that will affect the campus as a whole and I am hoping for your support…. As you probably know, the campus (and district [?] …) are trying to make a change to all classified, [namely,] go to hour long lunches. This is an inconvenience and [is unwanted] by most of the classified staff.
[With this,] John Edwards is changing our present schedule from 7:00 am - 3:30 pm ([previously,] he … changed it from 6:00 am - 2:30 pm …) to 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. [You should know] How this will affect the campus, students and you, the faculty….:
 they will be mowing and using other loud machinery during class time, … around classrooms….;
 …chances of hitting someone … with rocks and other flying debris [when the weed eater is used and students are present] increases greatly.
 Most all of us will be working now through the hottest part of the day and longer through the heat, increasing the chances for heat stroke [and] other heat related illnesses.
 We will not be able to service locks, doors, A/C, heat, carpentry and plumbing needs,... because the classrooms will be occupied.
…[W]e had a power outage last night [July 24?], which affected the automated locks, HVAC units and fire/life safety systems and we jumped on it and had most of the systems going by 8, but some didn’t get back on line until after 10:30 am, because for now we [have a] 7-3:30 schedule. [Were Edwards' proposed schedule in place,] we would not have even started dealing with [these problems] until after 8 and after the student & faculty has arrived and occupied the classrooms and offices. …[W]ould you want students or yourself in a hot room with no A/C?...
Our union reps are trying to help out but we could really use the backing of [others]. The change is supposed to take effect on August 11th. So time is critical. If you can speak to your senate and colleagues we would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for your time, X
Meanwhile, three comments, evidently related to this matter, have appeared here on DtB:
Anonymous - 8:57 PM, July 29, 2014
HAS ANYBODY HEARD THE CHANGES JOHN EDWARDS IS [imposing on] THE EMPLOYEES IN F&M[?] IF YOU HAVE [TO,] GO … AROUND AND ASK
Anonymous - 5:55 PM, July 31, 2014
Just heard about it today. Evidently John has issued an edict and changed many of the F&M staff starting times. Staff have to come in at 8:00 am. [You’d] better hope you don't need anything set up before then[!] Also, [he provided?] a rather strongly worded paragraph about not arriving early or staying more than 15 minutes before or after working hours. Those not obeying … Edwards would be subject to consequences. Never mind all the employees and the families he is impacting[!] Evidently the civility and mutual respect mantra does not apply to John. Hey Glenn (oops, [I mean] Davit …) wake up and do something!
Anonymous - 10:26 AM, August 04, 2014
Here's a great thing John wants to do to the hardworking employees of facilities and maintenance. Change their hours to 8-5! When [will] the parking lots be cleaned? You want the groundsmen to sweat it out in the 95 degree heat at 4 in the afternoon? Do you think vendors want to arrive after 8 am to install hvac equipment? LoL No! … The health and safety issues are too numerous to mention here. If you need late afternoon and evening coverage, fill out a resource form like the rest of us stiffs. Good luck with all of the special events and classes that begin at 7 or 8. No one will be around to help[!]—As usual, we'd love to hear from the "other side" about all of this. Are the objections noted above all valid? What are the alleged advantages of this change that might outweigh these problems, if they are valid? Etc.
The Facilities and Maintenance area has long been troubled by tensions between workers and management. Such difficulties predate Mr. Edwards' arrival as Director (previously, he headed A&R; he switched to heading F&M, c. 2008, taking over from the notorious Wayne Ward). But they have persisted during his tenure as well. Edwards is regarded, by some, as a part of the core group of "bullies" that seem to run IVC.
Workers have tended to complain about autocratic management, unfair actions, arbitrary changes, violations of contract, etc.
Previous Edwards-related posts:
- Platz Ersatz, or Input Schminput - Feb 2014
- Today's "mold" meeting: just cricket sh*t - Nov 2013
- Moving beyond the band-aid; high expectations (Edwards) - May 2010
- Asking questions (John Edwards) - May 2010
- John Edwards criticized - May 2010