2018 Legislative Victories

We made history!

SEANC was the only organization invited to the negotiating table during state budget talks, and was able to win an increase in the minimum salary to $31,200, or $15 per hour, for all state employees covered by the State Human Resources Act. With this, North Carolina became the first state in the nation to implement such a minimum salary for state employees.

Secured pay raises, bonuses and bonus leave

The budget also:

  • included a 2% pay raise for most other state employees
  • included five days of bonus leave
  • included a 1% bonus for retirees
  • maintained the defined benefit retirement plan
  • maintained longevity pay
  • maintained full funding for State Health Plan and retirement system

Correctional changes from the session

  • A 4% pay raise for all correctional personnel assigned to a prison
  • $15 million for safety upgrades
  • Quarterly oversight of the department by the legislature
  • Passed HB 969, making it a felony for an inmate to expose themselves to correctional personnel
  • Doubled the line-of-duty death benefit for correctional personnel to $100,000, retroactive to deaths in 2017
  • Won differential pay for officers asked to serve at a custody level higher than that to which they are assigned

Other victories

  • Secured access at all agencies and full SEANC participation in new employee orientation
  • EMPAC-endorsed State Treasurer Dale Folwell has cut more than $300 million in fees from the retirement systems.
  • Folwell has also ordered Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to cut 15 percent from provider contracts, which could save the plan $1 billion over three years.
  • Ensured no premium increases for the State Health Plan for the next three years.
  • Protected SEANC’s ability to deduct dues, insurance premiums and other payments from paychecks
  • Fought off attempt to decrease the income tax rate cap to 5.5%
  • SEANC is a leading organization in the multistate One Voice initiative seeking to improve the lives and working conditions of correctional personnel all over the country.

Downloadable 2018 Legislative Victories flyer.