The concern was a shared topic among audience members. Doug Nielson, a former UW employee, added his voice to the UW staff’s concerns.
“The level of intimidation brought down on custodians is really bad,” Nielson said. “From the top of the university, it looks a lot different than the bottom.”
In her speech, Cauce said it’s the UW staff, who are frequently in the background, that make the university possible. However, she continued to reference the current budget issues.
“I’m not at all trying to trivialize the janitor situations, but we have less of everything,” Cauce said, “and it’s putting a strain on all of us.”