Minutes into Monday's Chapel Hill Town Council business meeting, UPS employee Dianne Edwards gave an emotional plea for help after she claimed UPS repeatedly abused her and other UPS employees.
“Our problems are profound. I’m a 28-year employee, and I’ve been terminated 33 times,” she said. “One time was after I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.”
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said she was sorry Robinson had experienced troubles and that the council would send along resources that she and other UPS workers could use to get help. Chapel Hill Town Council Member Donna Bell agreed, telling Robinson to let the council know when UPS members rally or unionize, so that council members can show up and support them.
Following petitions from citizens, the council moved into the first item on its agenda, the construction of a second fire station in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Fire Chief Matthew Sullivan took the podium to convince the town to help pay for the station.
“We believe that we can build this fire station with a town contribution of, let me emphasize this, an amount up to $1 million,” he said.