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 (email@example.com) , Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises Brad Ives, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Matt Fajack (email@example.com) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Griffin, Past Chair D25 email@example.com
James B. Holman, Vice-Chair, D25: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Fraley, Policy Platform Chair D25: email@example.com
Kirk Montgomery, Treasurer, D25: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Denzler, Bylaws Chair, D25 email@example.com
Cornelius Smith, Benevolence Chair, D25 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruthie Lawson Bynum, Secretary D25 email@example.com
Archie Lassiter Scholarship Chair D25 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Bigelow, Insurance Chair D25 email@example.com
Odessa Davis, Member Discount D25 Odessad2222@gmail.com
Paula Schubert, Past President SEANC, firstname.lastname@example.org
M. Kay Hovious, Past President SEANC email@example.com