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UNC student store could be outsourced to private national company

Posted November 30, 2015

— A proposed new deal at UNC-Chapel Hill would cost nearly 50 state employees their benefits and possibly their jobs. UNC is considering outsourcing the student book store on campus, but employees and students said the deal is concerning.

Ruby McClellan and a group of students protested the privatizing Monday during a rally on campus.

If a company takes over, 45 full-time employees would lose their benefits.

Paul Cardillo said the book store does not cost tax payers a dime.

"All of our salaries are paid out of store revenues and all of our benefits are paid out of university fees that we pay to the university from store revenues," he said.

Anything left over goes toward education.

"The fact that the profits go to student scholarships is something that I think is very important," Cardillo said.

UNC-Chapel Hill received one unsolicited bid from Follett - a company that owns college bookstores across the country.

As part of the deal, Follett would pay UNC an annual commission of at least $3 million and then put $2.5 million toward renovations and $200,000 toward marketing each year.


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  • Carl Keehn Dec 1, 2015
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    Ronald, perhaps you should then take the issue up with your State Legislature. They are the ones that relaxed the requirements for verification of employment. Originally an employee's right to work had to be verified within 60 days. The legislature rewrote the requiement to not require verification until after an employee has worked in excess of 9 months.

  • Real Libertine Dec 1, 2015
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    Now how about outsourcing everything at UNC? Given the inglorious record of the past couple of years, isn't it worth a shot at least?

  • Ronald Woodard Nov 30, 2015
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    Too bad students at UNC don't care about citizens losing low-skilled jobs to illegal immigrants. Yet they are concerned about student store jobs...... I care about the student store workers losing their jobs AND citizens losing jobs to illegal immigrants.