Ives provides update on Student Stores RFP process

January 30, 2016

A note from Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises

The University issued a “Request for Proposals,” or RFP, on January 11, 2016, to invite outside companies to submit proposals for management of the operations of UNC Student Stores under a time-limited arrangement with the University.  Responses to the RFP are due on February 18.  Respondents will have the opportunity make presentations about their bids after responses are submitted.

Bids and presentations will be reviewed by an Advisory Committee that will be appointed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises.  The Advisory Committee will have two representatives from the Employee Forum as well as student, faculty and administration members.

No decision has been made on whether outsourcing is best for UNC Student Stores. The University will make a determination on whether to outsource UNC Student Stores by spring 2016. If a decision is made to outsource, a transfer of operations would occur sometime in early July 2016.

More information about the RFP process can be found on the Campus Enterprises website at:  http://fa.unc.edu/enterprises/student-stores-outsourcing/

A note from the editor: The Employee Forum has been working with Finance and Administration to provide input on the Request For Proposals document, and we expect to be represented on the committee that will be responsible for reviewing proposals. We will provide updates as we receive new information. 

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SEANC asks for your help to stop Student Stores privatization

October 30, 2015

The following is a letter from SEANC District 25 representatives that was distributed via email on October 29, 2015:

As many of you have seen in the media reports and the Daily Tar Heel  49 permanent state employees and 141 temp employees working for the UNC Chapel Hill Student Stores are at risk of losing their jobs.  Not because of budget cuts.  Not because the Student Stores is unprofitable or mismanaged.  But because of this opportunity to outsource and create a façade of higher profitability on the backs of career state store employees who have managed this University gem successfully and profitably for more than a century

Store Employees were informed in September that an unsolicited bid to take over the operation of the stores had been received and  was being seriously considered.  The bidder is the privately held conglomerate, Follett, with less than a stellar history of management practices and frequently higher prices for students and their parents than the operations they replaced.

They were the outsourcer of choice at three other student stores within the UNC system despite faculty and student complaints of their performance. And many Follett employees can only work half time, a move that reduces their chance at a meaningful livelihood  and Follett’s obligation to health care costs

SEANC District 25 stands behind the competence and dedication of State Employees.  We would like your support in stopping this erosion of the UNC workforce and a campus landmark.

First, please write to University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt  (chancellor@unc.edu) ,  Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises Brad Ives,  (brad.ives@unc.edu) and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Matt Fajack (mfajack@unc.edu) to express your support for  the generations of State Workers who toiled to make the UNC Bookstore one of the most highly regarded enterprises in Carolina and the nation.

Second,   Contact your North Carolina Representative (http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx ) and tell them to stop this affront to State Workers.

Third, If you or a family member is a Carolina Alumni contact the UNC Alumni Association (https://alumni.unc.edu/ ) and let them know how this violates the covenant of trust you held with Carolina.

Thank you and if you have any questions or concerns please contact any of your District members below.

 SEANC District 25

John Gullo, Chair, D25:  johnagullo@outlook.com
Thomas Griffin, Past Chair D25 tgriffin0203@yahoo.com
James B. Holman, Vice-Chair, D25: bholman2006big@yahoo.com
David Fraley, Policy Platform Chair D25: fraleys2003@yahoo.com
Kirk Montgomery, Treasurer, D25: kirk.m.montgomery@gmail.com
Brenda Denzler, Bylaws Chair, D25 denzler@hughes.net
Cornelius Smith, Benevolence Chair, D25 revcsmith@yahoo.com
Ruthie Lawson Bynum, Secretary  D25  mijachrl@yahoo.com
Archie Lassiter Scholarship Chair D25 alaster198@yahoo.com
Pat Bigelow, Insurance Chair D25 pcbigelow@gmail.com
Odessa Davis, Member Discount D25 Odessad2222@gmail.com
Paula Schubert, Past President SEANC,  paula.schubert@earthlink.net
M. Kay Hovious, Past President SEANC  mhovious@ec.rr.com

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