Unified University Personnel System – Guiding Principles

February 20, 2012

Original PDF of document may be found here.


DRAFT for discussion purposes and campus and affiliated entities feedback

February 9, 2012

Please note. The purpose of this document is to provide draft principles for a unified UNC personnel system. These principles, when approved, would be followed in the implementation of a unified personnel system if authorized by legislation.

The University of North Carolina Guiding Principles for the Development of a Unified University Personnel System for all University Employees

The University of North Carolina (UNC), including its 17 campuses and affiliated entities, is committed to being the best public university system in the country. The University’s success depends on its ability to attract and retain exceptionally talented faculty and staff, and to support and manage its workforce in a cost-effective manner.

UNC currently employs approximately 47,000 individuals whose personnel policies and procedures are developed and managed by two separate systems with differing rules and regulations. One group is managed and directed by the Office of State Personnel (for positions subject to the State Personnel Act) and the other group (for faculty and other positions exempt from the Act) is under the authority of the UNC Board of Governors. As requested by the Board of Governors, members of the General Assembly have introduced legislation that would enable the development of a single consolidated personnel system for UNC, administered by the Board of Governors. The General Assembly has previously enacted similar successful personnel consolidation measures for the Community College System, the UNC Healthcare System, the General Assembly, ECU Clinical Support Services, and other entities.

If the legislation is enacted, new personnel rules and regulations will need to be developed. The University is committed to giving employees a voice and a seat at the table in the process of accomplishing this system. Further, the University will follow these principles in the development of the new system:

  1. The University will develop the new unified system in accordance with best practices in public higher education.
  2. University employees will have substantive input in the development of the new unified system through their peer-elected representatives in the UNC Staff and Faculty Assemblies.
  3. The University will adopt policies and procedures that maintain and strengthen the existing practice for the fair evaluation and treatment of employees in all areas of employment, including employee development and performance.
  4. The unified system will not eliminate any existing property rights that employees have, including ensuring “just cause” protections for career status employees.
  5. Adverse employment actions will be subject to due process and reviewable through structured procedures that provide for fair notice and the opportunity for the employee to be heard.
  6. UNC will use compensation policies and procedures that recognize the contribution, experience, and service of UNC employees.
  7. UNC employees will continue to have access to State of North Carolina benefits (retirement, health insurance, and the like) as authorized by the General Assembly.
  8. UNC will continue to refine policies, procedures, and practices in ways that will enhance its ability to be an employer of choice.

UNC General Administration DRAFT 2/9/12

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Ten Unconventional Leadership Quotes

January 24, 2012

submitted by Jackie Overton, Employee Forum Chair.

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the
funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.”
– Elaine Agather, CEO for the Dallas, TX region of JPMorgan Chase


“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t
blow an uncertain trumpet.”
– Theodore M. Hesburgh, President Emeritus of the University of Notre-Dame


“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”
– Malcolm Muggeridge, author and satirist


“You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can’t sit on it for long.”
 Boris Yeltsin, first president of the Russian Federation


“Safety first has been the motto of the human race for half a million years;
but it has never been the motto of leaders. A leader must face danger. He
must take the risk and the blame, and the brunt of the storm.”
– Herbert N. Casson, author


“I skate where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”
– Wayne Gretzky, hockey player


“Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never
– Lewis Grizzard, writer and humorist


“Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers.”
– John Gardner, novelist


“I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what
can’t be done.”
– Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company


“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not
weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but
not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
– Jim Rohn, speaker and author
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Staff Assembly: SB575 information gathering and Conflict of Interest proposal

January 20, 2012

The combined Staff Assembly Executive Committee and Chairs Committee Meeting on January 24th is scheduled to discuss the information gathering.  They have scheduled 1.5 hours for a “Working session for the best practices and principles for the proposed BOG authority” and 30 minutes for open discussion.

In the afternoon, the entire Staff Assembly meets.  Included in the meeting materials is a proposed conflict of interest policy and interest disclosure form.  For more information, go to the Staff Assembly website at http://www.northcarolina.edu/staffassembly/  (click on Meetings, 2012, January 24th, meeting materials).  BTW, this site is well designed to look up agendas and meeting minutes.

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Permission Granted: the need for a UNC System Personnel Advisory Board

January 19, 2012

Here’s an idea thrown out for consideration.   First, let’s assume for a moment, permission has been granted to create a separate HR system for the UNC system.

Let us also assume employee rights are protected in accordance with the good intentions of President Ross and Employee Forum Resolution 11-03 (res1103final).

The Staff Assembly (SA) has collected information from campus staff organizations. UNC General Administration (GA) received the recommendations from the SA and other constituents, created a new HR system and submitted the proposal to the Board of Governors (BOG).  After a review, the BOG approves the proposed HR system.  We are off running in a separate UNC HR system.

Now what happens when revisions are proposed or grievances are escalated beyond individual campuses?

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Voices of the help: Domestic Workers tell their stories (Indyweek.com)

January 13, 2012

Voices of the help: Domestic Workers tell their stories

-via indyweek.com

Editor’s note: The conventional myth is that America is a classless society. The reality, however, is that a person’s worth–and often their intelligence–is judged on how they earn a paycheck. There’s a loose, vague pecking order in society that needs to be challenged.  We should focus on those things that we have in common; not the things that make us different.

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