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Investigation delay frustrates BPWA
BY AMY CAPPIELLO
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Lawyers for the Black Public Works
Association said Wednesday that frus
tration has set in after delays in a racial
discrimination investigation that was set
to begin less than a month ago.
The Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission investigation of the Chapel
Hill Public Works Department was set to
begin late this summer. But neither the
town of Chapel Hill, which is being in
vestigated, nor the BPWA, which filed
BY ERICA BESHEARS
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
The Democratic National Convention
is bigger than anything Laura Edwards
has ever experienced even under the
“It’s like the biggest circus you’ve ever
seen it’s better than the circus,” the
Chapel Hill resident and North Carolina
delegate to the convention said by phone
from her room in Chicago’s Days Inn on
Lakeshore Drive. “I’m spellbound. It’s
sensory overload for me."
Tuesday night she was one of the esti
mated 4,000 convention delegates who
approved this year’s party platform by a
voice vote, she said. “The ‘yeas’ had it—
screaming and yelling.”
Edwards is ready to vote with the
convention again tonight when it nomi
Coalition for Economic Justice protests
lack of housekeepers on steering team
BY SHARIF DURHAMS
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
The University must include UNC
Housekeepers Association members on
its Outsourcing Steering Team to repre
sent workers fairly, a Coalition for Eco
nomic Justice member said Tuesday.
At anoonpressconference, Kim Diehl
cited a 1991 chancellor’s committee re
port calling for administrators toallow
staff to help make decisions.
“Holding public meetings where
people can only spectate does not qualify
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Students in the UNC club NORML, the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws, recruited
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the charge, has been contacted by the
“The last we had heard, the town
leadership said the investigation would
be coming to town sometime this month,”
said Mark Dorosin, one of the lawyers
representing the BPWA. “As far as we
know, though, the EEOC investigation
hasn’t come to town yet.”
Chapel Hill Town Manager Cal
Horton confirmed the EEOC investiga
tion had not yet begun.
“(The EEOC) said the investigation
would start in late July or early August,
nates President Bill Clinton for his sec
ond term. “I am with some bit of a let
down,” she said, explaining that she
would be sad when the convention is
Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson and
Carrboro resident Errol McCauley also
spoke to The Daily Tar Heel on Wednes
day from Chicago.
Nelson said he had met new friends
and caught up with some old ones this
week. He attended the 1992 Democratic
National Convention. “It’s different (this
year),” he said. “In ’92 there was the
excitement of starting something fresh.
This time it’s an incumbent.”
The delegates spend their evenings in
the convention hall, and their days are
filled with meetings, conferences and
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as active participation,” she said. “The
outsourcing committee needs to have
representation from all areas of our Uni
Two members of the employee forum
are on the team, but coalition members
said the forum does not represent their
views. No housekeepers hold seats on
“Some of the people on the forum
could care less about housekeepers,”
Housekeepers Association President Bar
bara Prear said.
Three weeks ago, Prear was prohib
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but we haven’t heard anything yet,”
Hortonsaid. “If we don’t hear from them
by the end of the month, I will contact
Dorosin said some members of the
BPWA’s leadership were contemplating
other measures if the investigation does
not begin soon.
“I was talking with Steve England
(chairman of the BPWA Steering Com
mittee) and he said if the EEOC didn’t
start the investigation soon, (the BPWA)
would begin to consider asking for their
right-to-sue letter,” Dorosin said.
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Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson said he was having a great time at the
Democratic National Convention in Chicago this week.
ited from attending the committee’s first
meeting, as members said it was not
required to open its meetings to the pub
lic. UNC-systemPresidentC.D. Spangler
recently declared committees, such as
the Outsourcing Steering Team, to be
openunderthe stare Open Meetings Law.
Today’s 10 a.m. meeting in Union
209, therefore, will be open to the public.
Coalition for Economic Justice mem
bers will attend the meeting to support
the Housekeepers’ views, Diehl said.
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A right-to-sue letter enables grievants
to the EEOC to move ahead with litiga
tion if the investigation is not carried out
within a certain time period, he said.
“After someone files a charge, the
state requires (the EEOC) be given 180
days because (they have) such a huge
backlog of cases,” Dorosin said. “After
six months goes by, the person who files
can ask for a right-to-sue letter where the
EEOC says they can pursue a lawsuit.”
England said a lawsuit would be filed
See EEOC, Page 2
Committee examining privatization
BY RICK CONNER
Like many public institutions across
the state and the nation, UNC is consid
ering privatization of some University
services to deal creatively with growing
The University’s Outsourcing Steer
ing Team, established under the direc
tion of the UNC-system General Admin
istration and the General Assembly, will
meet today to develop a three-year plan
for evaluating 51 University services and
to examine the feasibility of using out
The team consists of representatives
from a range of University groups, in
State will file suit to halt tobacco regulations
■ Gov. Jim Hunt said the
state has not decided
whether to join Kentucky in
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GREENVILLE North Carolina
will file its own lawsuit or join others to
oppose new federal regulations on ciga
rettes, Gov. Jim Hunt said Wednesday
in a muddy tobacco field.
“We’re going to go to court to keep the
FDA out of tobacco fields,” said Hunt,
who was surrounded by area legislators,
tobacco farmers and agribusiness repre
sentatives. “This amounts to big govern
ment trying to regulate tobacco out of
business,” he said at a news conference.
New rules approved by President
Clinton last week would allow the fed
eral Food and Drug Administration to
regulate nicotine as a drug.
Hunt said that could eventually lead
to prohibition, affecting26o,oootobacco
related jobs in North Carolina.
“It’s wrong for the federal govern
ment to suggest our farmers are growing
a drug,” Hunt said from a podium that
had been placed in the field as as report
ers and local farmers crowded between
the rows oflemon-yellow tobacco. “These
good tobacco farmers, growing a drug?
“But it is also wrong to assume our
tobacco farmers want children to smoke. ”
Clinton said the new regulations on
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Friday. Partly sunny, mid 80s.
Police crack down
on forgetful drivers
■ Leaving home without a
driver's license could lead
to an unexpected arrest.
BY ANGELA MOORE
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Before hopping in your car for a quick
trip to the store, the Chapel Hill Police
Department wants to make sure you grab
In response to the growing number of
drivers caught licenseless who fraudu
lently claim they are someone else, the
police will start charging offenders with
the misdemeanor of driving without a
license more often.
“If you operate a motor vehicle, you
should have a license on your person,”
said Lt. Tim Pressley, who supervises
Traffic police will still have discretion
in dealing with drivers who are stopped
without their license, Pressley said, but
arresting these drivers might become
more of an option.
In the past, Chapel Hill traffic officers
have often simply asked drivers without
licenses who cannot remember their li
cense number to supply their full name,
address and birth date, he said.
Many drivers, however, flawlessly re
cite the information of someone else to
the traffic officer, he said.
“Approximately four months later, the
case goes into the courtroom,” Pressley
said. “Of course, the person doesn’t show
up for court. They weren’t the person the
officer cited. Eventually a letter is sent to
the person whose information we have
saying, ‘You failed to appear. We’re go
ing to take your driver’s license.’”
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tobacco are aimed at stopping teenage
smoking. Hunt said he had suggested an
education program against teenage smok
ing to the White House two years ago.
“If the president and others in Wash
ington are serious about doing some
thing about teenage smoking, we can do
that,” Hunt said. “We could have been
two years into a program to cut teenage
State Agriculture Commissioner Jim
Graham said he agreed. “North Caro
lina has already taken aggressive steps to
cut underage tobacco use and will con
tinue to do so,” he said. “We don’t need
more big government. It’s the wrong ap
proach. More aggressive enforcement of
state law is what’s needed."
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Pressley said this situation happens
quite often, and when it does, it creates a
hassle for both the innocent person want
ing to clear their record and the police.
“It’s a paper trail nightmare,” he said.
Cases of fraud such as this are on the
rise in Chapel Hill, Pressley said, and
because of the hassle involved, police are
left with little option other than to take a
no-nonsense approach to dealing with
drivers who forget their licenses.
Police have two options when drivers
forget their licenses. The first option
trust that the driver is who they say they
are is not viable anymore because of
the increase in fraud, Pressley said.
Officer Charles Quinlan said he usu
ally gives drivers ample opportunity to
prove who they are. “If they have an
other picture ID —a college ID, or if
they’re coming home from work and
have a badge with their picture on it—l
cite them with failure to cany, but that’s
up to the officer’s discretion.”
But if the driver has no identification,
officers may resort to the second option.
This option, which Pressley said might
have to become more widely used, is
placing the driver under arrest, booking
them at the police station and waiting for
someone to come to the police station
with the person’s driver’s license.
“The drawback to this is the upstand
ing, law-abiding citizen can’tunderstand
why police are arresting them for forget
ting to bring their license, ” Pressley said.
Pressley emphasized the hassles can
be avoided if people carry their license.
“It takes up a large amount of our
time, too, when people don’t have their
license on their person,” Pressley said.
“It’s the difference between 15 to 20
minutes and hours.”
last thing we want to do is create unnec
essary concern, especially when we are
just at the start of the process.”
The team must submit a report to the
General Administration by Sept. 13 con
cerning seven University services. These
include heating, ventilation and air con
ditioning, housekeeping, steam plant
operations, grounds keeping, refuge dis
posal, administrative data processing and
hazardous waste disposal.
The plan for evaluating the rest of the
services will be submitted to the General
Assembly by mid-October, Runberg said.
The team’s first task is to determine
whether or not there is a basis for
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Hunt said lawyers for the state are
researching whether the state should file
a lawsuit of its own or join suits filed by
Kentucky, tobacco companies or others.
Hunt said the state could file as a
tobacco grower, since North Carolina
holds allotments for tobacco it grows for
research. The state sold $195,000 worth
of tobacco last year, agriculture officials
said. But some experts said North Caro
lina might not have the legal standing to
enter the dispute in court.
“I think it’s grandstanding,” William
Van Alstyne, a Duke University law pro
fessor, told the Winston-Salem Journal.
“It’s possible they could make an argu
ment ... but it’s hard. It’s hard forthem to
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