National Custodial Workers’ Day – October 2

National Custodial Worker’s Day will be observed on Tuesday October 2nd. The holiday recognizes those who clean and maintain buildings that others work in.

Unfortunately. many organizations seem unaware of the holiday. I didn’t find out about it until after I retired after 23 years of custodial work.

I haven’t been able to determine exactly when it was established, but some web sites indicate that public school systems may have originated the day to recognize their cleaning and maintenance workers. I haven’t discovered any formal designation of the day.

Custodians deserve the same recognition as secretaries (sometimes called administrative professionals although most aren’t paid consistent with the new term) and bosses.

As Rodney Dangerfield might have observed cleaning and maintenance workers often don’t get no respect. Custodians often are only noticed when they don’t do their jobs, like forgetting to empty a trash can.

Maintenance workers sometimes have the difficult task of keeping old plumbing or worn out heating/cooling systems working until the money can be found to replace the equipment. Cleaning workers may have to clean up “flood” waters or other storm related damages.

My first boss at the courthouse where I used to work, Rick Juarez, had a sign on his wall that was written about those who maintain trains. I don’t know who wrote it, but here is one version that the text editor should accept.

It’s not my place to run the train
The whistle I can’t blow.
It’s not my place to say how far
The train’s allowed to go.
It’s not my place to shoot off steam
Nor even clang the bell.
But let the dang thing jump the track
And see who catches heck.

Custodial workers who have bad days might want to see the humor at this site.


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