The University of Washington director of facilities management and construction has been removed from that post just 12 days after the Seattle Times uncovered $1 billion in deferred building maintenance.
Damon Fetters will “transition” into the new role of director for campus engineering, UW Associate Vice President for Facilities Services Charles Kennedy announced Thursday (Aug. 18).
Observers believe the timing is not coincidental. In April, 70 percent of Local 1488 Trades members signed a no-confidence letter against Fetters. And the Aug. 6 Seattle Times story verified members’ concerns about neglected infrastructure.
The Times spotlighted a study that backed up Local 1488 members’ years-long warnings about leaky pipes, clogged drains, spilled sewage, flooding and more disrepair that the university refused to address.
“For more than a decade, maintenance workers at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus have said the UW isn’t spending enough to maintain its buildings,” the Times reported. “Now, a consultant’s report has identified a billion-dollar backlog in building fixes.”
The Times story called out Fetters by name – and Kennedy’s defense of him.
But 12 days later, Fetters is out. And Local 1488 members remain. Once again their commitment to change has been validated.
See a link to that Seattle Times story and some of the most disturbing photos you’ll ever see: http://wfse.org/uw-exposed-on-1-billion-infrastructure-gap/