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Lawmakers introduce bill to privatize DOT ferry services

Despite a mound of evidence to the contrary, including a report last year showing how it would actually be more costly and less efficient in prison maintenance, lawmakers continue to bring up the idea of privatizing vital public services.

This time the target is the Department of Transportation’s ferry services.

With your help, SEANC lobbyists will be advocating against this bill and any attempt to privatize vital public services.

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Lawmakers introduce bill to privatize DOT ferry services

3.27.2015

Despite a mound of evidence to the contrary, including a report last year showing how it would actually be more costly and less efficient in prison maintenance, lawmakers continue to bring up the idea of privatizing vital public services.

This time the target is the Department of Transportation’s ferry services.

With your help, SEANC lobbyists will be advocating against this bill and any attempt to privatize vital public services.

SEANC lobbyists meeting with legislators, advocating for jobs & raises

3.20.2015

Two weeks after Gov. Pat McCrory presented the General Assembly with his $21.5 billion spending plan for 2015-16, House budget writers are busy crafting their own proposal. More details will begin to take shape as the April 15 tax filing deadline makes the state's revenue picture clearer.

What is being discussed in the General Assembly right now are the questionable merits of privatization and the lack of efficiency and savings being provided by private vendors.

Executive Committee issues new statement to members

3.18.2015

The past few weeks have been a turbulent time for the State Employees Association of North Carolina, its membership, staff, Board of Governors, and for each of us – the members of the Executive Committee. Less than two months ago, we found ourselves publicly defending former SEANC Executive Director, Dana Cope, against what we thought at the time were unfair, personal attacks on his management style. Our defense of Mr. Cope and our reaction to the claims against him were based on our perception of the truth, grounded in part on an inadequate internal investigation performed at that time.

Leonard lays out the case for across-the-board employee pay raises

3.13.2015

Speaking about Gov. Pat McCrory's proposed budget on Time Warner Cable News Channel 14’s Capitol Tonight program, SEANC Interim Executive Director Mitch Leonard explained that SEANC is advocating for an across-the-board raise because many state employees are making salaries that are below market rates and because “piecemeal just doesn’t work.”

He likened it to trying to repair a leaky boat one hole at a time – as soon as one is plugged, water will just pour in another until the boat sinks.

McCrory unveils budget with no across-the-board raises for state employees or COLAs for retirees

3.6.2015

After two weeks of weather delays, on Thursday Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled his $51.7 billion spending plan for the next biennium, with $21.5 billion in spending in the 2015-16 fiscal year. The proposal did not contain an across-the-board pay increase for all state employees, instead opting for raises to certain groups. It also contained no cost-of-living adjustment for retirees.

SEANC Responds to Gov. McCrory's Budget Proposal

3.5.2015

Today Gov. Pat McCrory released his biennium budget proposal for 2015-2017. The proposal contains a pay increase for some, but not all state employees, and no cost-of-living increase for retirees. It is SEANC’s goal to improve these numbers as the budget process continues in the General Assembly. 

SEANC members earn DPS Badge of Excellence Awards

2.20.2015

Time and time again we hear of state employees and SEANC members who go above and beyond the call of duty and each time we are proud to thank them and help share their stories.

This time we are recognizing six SEANC members whose actions and achievements were honored by the state Department of Public Safety at the first annual Badge of Excellence Awards ceremony in January.

Changes made to State Health Plan mean higher premiums for employees, retirees

2.13.2015

Members of the State Health Plan will see higher premiums and new wellness surcharges in 2016-17 after the Board of Trustees’ unanimous vote Wednesday, unless the General Assembly can be persuaded to make changes.

The biggest change announced Wednesday from the original proposal presented in January was to the Traditional 70/30 PPO, which had been the premium-free option.

The original proposal for the PPO 70/30 was to establish a $60 premium for active employees and allow them to reduce that to $20 with completion of a wellness surcharge activity.

General Assembly puts DOT jobs on the gas tax chopping block

2.13.2015

On Thursday, the Senate passed a proposal that would lower the current state gas tax from 37.5 cents per gallon to 35 cents per gallon.

But while that might seem like a good deal for taxpayers in the short-term, it’s a bad deal in the long-term.

According to the bill, SB20, the resulting $33 million loss to the state budget would be paid for by cutting 500 filled and 50 vacant full-time positions from the Department of Transportation – a reduction of about 4 percent of the agency.

SEANC finds little to cheer in State of the State address

2.6.2015

Gov. Pat McCrory gave his State of the State address Wednesday night, laying out his vision for the General Assembly for the next two years.

In it, the governor had a few encouraging remarks about the need to invest more in infrastructure and in the state’s crime lab. He also mentioned the need to improve the condition of many of the state’s buildings, particularly in Raleigh, and the affect those efforts would have on employee safety.

His only mention of state employees was of those working in the Department of Public Safety, and while SEANC applauds his recognition of the need to invest in corrections officers we also know that ALL state employees deserve a meaningful pay raise.

But then, after that glimmer of understanding, McCrory proceeded to attack state employees on two issues.

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