THE DIRTY ARMY: Nik, I was employed with the University of Delaware for almost 2 years. I was terminated in September of 2011, due to my reaction to the retaliation and harassment I received on the job of a legit complaint I made about another employee. Delaware Department of Labor sided with the University of Delaware without considering my side and was also denied unemployment. I want to put some information out there about the University of Delaware specifically West Campus (Rodney & Dickinson Complex). Other employees from other campus areas of the University were also part of the retaliation against me, and if necessary I will speak on those areas at a later date. The University of Delaware continues to throw money away employing custodians to maintain West Campus dorms and this is something very easy to show and prove. If University of Delaware is not aware, my plan is to make it known. You have workers on West Campus who do very little to nothing on the job throughout their workday. Take a look at the photos I posted. The employees responsible for what you see in the photos still remain employed with the University. I was told from a West Campus employee that one of the buildings the person was assigned to in the Rodney Complex was in really bad condition. The picture of the urine stained toilet seat was taken from the same building this person spoke of. I’m quite sure (could be wrong) the Assistant Director went into action and did some renovations such as replacing those nasty urine stained toilet seats. He can renovate the entire West Campus, but one thing he can’t change is their laziness of West Campus workers and the fact that they are not needed from 8-4:30pm to maintain the dorms. The custodian’s first break is from 10:00-10:15am, but the actual break starts from the time they arrive to the end of the workday. The key station is the place where the employees meet before starting the day, to clock in, grab keys and so on. Rodney workers may not even leave the key station until about 8:30, close to 9:00. Lunch was definitely at least an hour. Many of the workers watched the television drama, The Young and the Restless everyday from 12:30-1:30pm. The afternoon 3:00 break was the end of the work day. Rodney workers sat in the key station from 3:00 until it was time to clock out at 4:25pm, so at least 3 hours of the day custodians of West Campus are not working. It’s clear that the amount time to maintain the dorms is not an all day job. Although there is plenty to do in the buildings to maintain the dorms, a person could easily get away with just pulling trash and do absolutely no cleaning and receive no complaints from students. The truth is, custodians of West Campus are not doing much work and the picture of the shower shows just how much. I’m no expert on cleaning and you certainly don’t have to be to know a shower does not get to that point overnight. You could go a whole week without cleaning the showers and still would not have the buildup seen in the photo. There is no excuse for the condition of that shower, although I’m quite sure they could come up with a few. One thing about the University of Delaware is you would never be fired for lack of doing your job, yet that was the excuse used when they got rid of a temp who wanted to become a full time employee. This employee worked and it was surprising for me when I was told the temp was let go. I was told from the group leader, the temp must of got too comfortable. She also said she had to continuously get on the temp about the showers and even mention to the temp about a new baby on the way to think of. I was also told from the manager, the reason the temp was let go, was he received pictures from students to show the temp was not working. I didn’t believe the group leader or the manager for the reason the temp was let go. I don’t know the true reason for the temp being let go, but I do know it had absolutely nothing to do with his work performance. (and by the way I mention this incident to the Department of Labor and they did nothing) Every picture I posted is from a full time West Campus University of Delaware employee. When you look at the photos, it’s clear that the temp was not doing any less than the fulltime employees of West Campus. If students did send photos to management about the temp, it was out of dislike for the temp and not because of the building not being clean. A majority of the students at this University could care less about the cleanliness of the dorms and if they do care, students rarely complain. If students made complaints about custodians, the photos posted would not exist. If you have a son or daughter who resides on West Campus (Rodney & Dickinson complex) there is no excuse for a dirty building when the University of Delaware has a custodian around to maintain the building from 8:00-4:30pm five days a week and although they are not around on the weekends, there is still no excuse (I’ll save that story for later).You can find fingerprinted glass, dust dirty stairwells, messy toilets, overflowing trash cans, empty paper towel dispenser, no hand soap, filthy tubs & showers and the list goes on. Since I left, things may have changed, but I seriously doubt it. You can find custodians taking a nice, long, all day breaks, especially frequent smoke breaks. The bottom line is West Campus workers are not needed full time and that is something very easy to show and prove. They felt as though they were walking on egg shells with me around, which some idiot led them all to believe, well now that I am no longer employed, I will make sure it goes from egg shells to pins and needles. I am putting this information out there to let the right person and the parents of students know what goes on around West Campus. I have so much to say about the University of Delaware’s West Campus area, but I will cut this short for now. *When you see a West Campus building is not so clean and the custodian responsible for the building is sitting around or no where in site, taking a smoke outside of their break time, be sure to make a complaint or take a photo as they did to the temp (so he says) or even better, put up a spy camera to watch their every move as they did to one of there employees to see what really goes on. There is some unfairness going on at the University of Delaware.
Looks like my child will never attend the University of Delaware. They can’t even produce good Sanitation Engineer majors.- nik