So remember when I told you about how Temple abruptly fired much of its secretarial staff in certain departments. The unions put out their press release on the matter Saturday.
“Temple AFSCME and TAUP join in condemning the recent inhumane and hastily executed actions by Temple’s administration against a group of employees in the AFSCME bargaining unit. 19 employees in CLA and other locations in the University were suddenly informed last week that their jobs would be terminated, and that they would need to reapply for newly classified positions. They were given 24 hours to schedule interviews, 48 hours to submit their applications and 72 hours to secure letters from recommendation. To add to the outrage, they were subjected to 10 minute ‘interviews’ in which they were asked questions designed to have them identify fellow co-workers as inessential. This Wednesday, a mere ten days after being initially informed of this process, these employees were informed of their fate: Nineteen were fired and escorted from the building by the building manager or security guards; they now face finding new jobs in the worst economic environment in decades. [They were given no severance pay.] Many others were shifted around to other departments in CLA, ejected from jobs they had done well for years or even decades. Continue reading