In late August, CSUEU and Chapter 312 (Northridge) were notified that the custodial contractor that won the most recent custodial bid at CSUN has since gone out of business, closed up shop, gone belly up! Now the campus is utilizing the services of another custodial contractor that works on campus to fill in for the contractor that left the campus high and dry. The current contract is an emergency contract (less than 180 days) and now the campus must meet with CSUEU representatives to discuss the future of custodial services at CSUN. Chapter 312 E-Board members and rank-and-file Bargaining Unit 5 members along with Brenda Brown (Labor Relations Representative), Magali Kincaid (Senior Labor Relations Representative) and Mike Geck (VP for Organizing ) formed a steering committee whose primary objective is to end the outsourcing of custodial work at CSUN and bring those jobs back in-house. Members of the steering committee, rank-and-file chapter members and students have been getting the word out during the last couple of weeks via flyering, petition gathering and tabling in a lead up to the first meeting between CSUEU and CSU/CSUN management, next week on the 6th. The outpouring of support from across all sectors of the campus community has been amazing! Flyers have been posted all over campus by dozens of people; management is certainly getting the message. On Wednesday we’ll be making signs and tabling in front of Oviatt Library in preparation for our "Breakfast Break” on Thursday, 8:30-9:30am, out in front of the campus admin building (University Hall). During breakfast, we’ll inform the attendees on the latest developments, flyer passersby and continue to gather petition signatures from the campus community. After breakfast, we’ll be engaging management in other creative ways. Stay tuned for a report back on that in the coming weeks.