The UNC-system Board of Governors approved Friday morning a set of guiding principles to protect workers in the system, even as protesters interrupted the meeting.
Housekeepers, maintenance workers and other system staff members are all currently protected under the State Personnel Act, but a provision of a N.C. Senate bill is threatening to take the authority of the 22,000 UNC-system workers from the state and giving it to the Board of Governors.
The overall bill, which was introduced by Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake, died in committee last year, but this provision could be considered in May during the N.C. General Assembly’s short session.
About 30 students and employees gathered Friday to ask the board to consider their pleas. The protesters were not allowed to present at the meeting.
“I’m sorry for interrupting your meeting, but I feel compelled to speak to represent those who are not represented at this meeting,” Zaina Alsous, a UNC junior involved with Student Action with Workers, told the board, as she read from a prepared statement against the bill.