Panelists discussed state and graduate workers' rights as well as how the University can organize in support of these rights at the "Workers Rights at the University Teach-In" discussion Wednesday.
This was the second event in the People’s Teach-In-Series hosted by Respect For All Tar Heels, a series of discussions focused on expanding discourse between faculty, students and the rest of the campus community.
Mike Dimpfl, a lecturing fellow at Duke University's Thompson Writing Program, spoke about the ongoing struggle for the rights of UNC housekeepers.
Dimpfl discussed how the University’s approach to things like grievance policies ensures continued control over working conditions and prevents staff from organizing to combat this.
“The time to file a grievance has gone from 30 to 15 days,” he said. “Think about what that means if there is only one person in this town that speaks your language, and that your language is entirely oral and you need to translate a legal document into a meaningful form and then re-translate it back into that legal document so that it will be recognized by North Carolina’s employment labor system.”