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Statement from SEANC Executive Director Mitch Leonard

The following is a statement from SEANC Executive Director Mitch Leonard regarding today's guilty plea by SEANC's former director.

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Statement from SEANC Executive Director Mitch Leonard


The following is a statement from SEANC Executive Director Mitch Leonard regarding today's guilty plea by SEANC's former director.

McCrory in hot water over prison maintenance contracts


Gov. Pat McCrory's problems with prison maintenance contracts only confirm what state employees have known all along, that corporations will do whatever they have to in order to get public contracts, be it in our prisons, in the Department of Transportation, in our universities or anywhere else they see a chance to fleece the taxpayers. 

General Assembly finally leaves town after marathon session


The legislature finally adjourned at 4:18 a.m. on Wednesday morning, but not before passing a host of bills in the wee hours. This week, we take a look back at the 2015 session, which included a few highs and several lows for state employees.

EMPAC Honors Dollar, Pendleton as Legislators of the Year


Action in the General Assembly is winding down, finally. The finish line is in sight, as the Senate passed an adjournment resolution on Thursday that sets Tuesday as the final day of this session. The House has yet to pass it, but is expected to do so soon. This week we thank EMPAC’s Legislators of the Year selections, Rep. Nelson Dollar and Rep. Gary Pendleton, for their hard work representing state employee concerns this session. 

Budget passed on to governor with bonuses, no COLAs


House members followed the Senate in the wee hours of Friday morning, passing a state budget on to Gov. Pat McCrory that once again fails to make public services a priority, meaning state employees will continue to fall further and further behind.

SEANC elects officers for 2015-2016


The State Employees Association of North Carolina elected a new slate of officers to lead the association in the upcoming year on Sept. 10-12 at SEANC’s annual convention at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

Lawmakers making push to beat third deadline


With the legislature scrambling to beat its third self-imposed deadline of Sept. 18 for a state budget, SEANC lobbyists are keeping a close watch on several aspects of the budget yet to be decided. If you’ll recall, last week lawmakers announced plans for a $750 bonus for state employees. But the fate of DOT and teaching assistant jobs as well as 40 hours of bonus leave still hang in the balance. 

Negotiators reach compromise of $750 bonus for state employees


The General Assembly passed another continuing resolution on Thursday to extend the budget debate to Sept. 18, but not before an announcement that an agreement on a $750 bonus for all state employees this year had been reached. The bonus equates to around a 1.75% pay increase for the average state employee.  

House and Senate still at odds over raises


House and Senate leaders decided on a bottom-line spending amount for the budget — $21.735 billion — at a breakfast meeting with Gov. Pat McCrory at his mansion on Tuesday. But they decided little else on a state budget that is now almost two months overdue. With state employee raises and retiree COLAs in jeopardy, SEANC Is asking members to reach out to their lawmakers. 

Budget deal may finally be in sight


The longest budget debate in 13 years may finally be nearing a conclusion. House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday he expects a deal to be hashed out in the next week. State employee raises and retiree cost-of-living adjustments are, as expected, one of the sticking points in negotiations.

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