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SETTLE LONG-STANDING DISPUTE
UNC campus housekeepers will get retroactive salalY increases, a career training program and reg-
ular meetings with UNC officials, among
terms of the settlement of a long-standing
disagreement over working conditions
that resulted in several public protests.
The settlement, reached in November
after a month-long mediation, ends a
five-year-old class-action grievance. It will
cost the University between $800,000 and
$1 million. It was endorsed overwhehningly
in a secret-ballot vote by the housekeepers.
"We believe this settlement underscores
the University's exceptionally strong com-
nutment to making conditions on the job
better for housekeepers and other employees
at the lowest salary grades," Chancellor
Mi.chael Hooker ' 69 said.
UNC started the initiatives Jan. 1 and
will pay for and administer them through
at least 1999. The package also includes
child-care subsidies and a pledge to seek
additional funds for a scholarship program
for employees, spouses and dependents.
"It's a real victory," said Barbara Prear of
the Housekeepers' Association. "But this is
just the begiruLing. We're not going away."
Mediator John Harkavy, lower left, announces the settlement proposal agreed upon by the University
and the UNC Housekeepers' Association as Chancellor Hooker and housekeeper representatives look
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an additional two years if smoke detectors
and other safety equipment were installed.
The council voted it down despite protests
from fraternity members who said they
needed tinle to come up with the money
to pay for renovations.
NON-N.C. ADMISSIONS CAP
LIKELY To BE RAISED IN FUTURE
TOWN COUNCIL ORDERS
SPRINKLERS FOR GREEKS
Six months after the tragic Com- mencement day fire at the Phi Gamma Delta house, the Chapel
Hill Town Council voted unanimously
to mandate sprinkler systems for fraternity
and sorority houses within town limits.
The ordinance, passed in November,
gives the houses up to five years to install
sprinklers. It does not provide ways of
paying for the renovations, but the town
and University have pledged to help.
Another ordinance that the council
considered would have given Greek orga-
nizations five years to install sprinklers and
Chancellor Michael Hooker ' 69 told members ofthe Los Angeles Carolina Club in November that
an increase in the percentage ofout-of-
state adnussions is likely in the future but
that the current 18 percent cap nught last
another 10 years.
In response to a question from an out-
of-state alumnus who benefited from the
allowance, Hooker mentioned the figure
25 percent. He said he is asked often at
out-of-state alUl1UU meetings about tlle cap,
which was set by the Board of Governors
at the Legislature's urging 10 years ago.
"What percentage is healthy for the state
and the University is unclear," he said
later in an interview. "We don't think the
25 percent would be unhealthy- we
don't know what the right percentage is.
It's not ours to decide-it's the Board of
Governors'." Hooker said no change is
fomlaJ]y in the works at this time.
UNC leaders are pondering whether to ban smoking in residence halls and campus apalt-
ments for health and fire safety reasons. The
Housing Advisory Board was scheduled
to take up the issue in January.
CAROLINA A LUMNI RE VIEW