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As Campuses Reopen, Workers Sue The UNC System Over Safety Concerns

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Students are beginning to arrive back on campuses across the UNC System, and workers are concerned for their own safety amid early accounts of inconsistent mask-wearing and large social gatherings on campuses.

Members of the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150 and members of the North Carolina American Association of University Professors are bringing a lawsuit against the UNC system over unsafe working conditions. Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC education reporter Liz Schlemmer and Penny Elliott, a housekeeping crew leader at UNC-Chapel Hill, about workers’ concerns and the lawsuit.

Stacia Brown comes to WUNC from Washington, DC, where she was a producer for WAMU’s daily news radio program, 1A. She’s the creator and host of two podcasts, The Rise of Charm City and Hope Chest. Her audio projects have been featured on Scene on Radio, a podcast of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; BBC 4’s Short Cuts; and American Public Radio’s Terrible, Thanks for Asking.
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