TO THE EDITOR:
A bill proposed in the North Carolina Senate and moving through the legislature, Senate Bill 575, will radically change the rights of workers across UNC-system schools.
SB 575 would remove UNC employees from the legal guarantees provided to them under the State Personnel Act and give sole and complete authority to the Board of Governors to manage SPA positions.
With this change, the Board of Governors would act in whatever way it saw fit to determine the parameters of employment for UNC employees, including setting health and disability benefits, wages, grievance policies, disciplinary measures and human resources policies.
There would be no higher authority, no external, objective system of checks and balances to catch possible or actual abuses of power.