UNC Board of Governors debates bill to consolidate personnel system
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CHAPEL HILL — The UNC Board of governors is weighing in on a bill that could consolidate the personnel system for UNC workers.
The news caused a heated debate among employees who are currently classified under the State Personnel Act. Opponents say a consolidation could strip workers of various rights such as severance pay, sick leave, and whistle-blower protections.
However, the board believes having one system would be more efficient.
"We have that flexibility now for our faculty and non-faculty EPA employees. And we have situations in which it is difficult to maintain fairness across our entire employee group when we don't have the ability to set the rules and regulations for all of our employees," said UNC System President Tom Ross.
The guidelines voted on by the Board of Governors will only be implemented if state legislators pass the bill. Currently about 47,000 employees are currently managed by two different systems with differing rules and regulations.