MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Custodians at the University of Memphis said they are scared for their safety after the university’s athletics department announced three student-athletes and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
Some custodians said they were not given enough protective gear and at one point had to buy their own masks to feel safe.
Every morning before work, Jennifer Allen worries about getting sick with the coronavirus.
“It’s wrong and not fair that we have to work in this,” said Allen.
She has worked as a custodian for four years at the University of Memphis.
Allen stated that at the beginning of the pandemic, employees were given safety gear but not enough to last for the rest of the year.
“I haven’t received anything since I’ve been out here since the pandemic been going on,” Allen said. “This my own personal mask.”
She said she even made a formal complaint but instead of getting help, she was threatened.
“They tell us if we don’t come to work, we won’t have a job,” Allen said.
Allen Webb, another custodian at the university, was also worried about his safety.
“We could use some very good PPE for the face mas googles and gloves,” Webb said.
Webb also wanted hazard pay and for managers to be more transparent about if someone tested positive for the virus in a building that he would clean.
“Be more considerate,” Webb said. “Let us know what’s going on. Quit keeping stuff a secret or sweeping under the rug.”
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