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CSU Employees Worry That Patchwork COVID-19 Policies Are Putting Their Health At Risk

Dominguez Hills is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system.
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Employees at California State University campuses in the Los Angeles area say they're concerned that COVID-19 prevention protocols aren't enough to curb the spread of the virus, following outbreaks at Chico State and San Diego State.

"A lot of our members are very concerned about exposure to COVID-19 while they're working on campus," said Cal State Los Angeles employee Kim Neal, the school's chapter chair of the California State University Employees Union. The union represents 16,000 clerical workers, custodians, IT workers and other employees in the CSU system.

"Right now, there's no measuring of temperatures, there's no self-checks," said Neal, an instructional support technician in CSLA's Department of Television and Film. "There's no arrival checks, there's nothing of that in place that we're aware of."

When the pandemic began, the Cal State Chancellor's office gave each of its 23 campuses autonomy to develop their own plans to fight the virus.

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The Cal State Chancellor's Office said that decision was made to address varying needs across the university system's 23 campuses.