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PUBLIC POLICY

Health Insurance Reform: The Big Picture

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, is a victory for every working family who ever worried about how they were going to pay for their children’s health care, struggled in the face of medical bankruptcy or saw their dreams taken away by skyrocketing health care costs. SEANC members worked to support the passage of reform, as one of SEANC’s Top Ten Policy Platform Objectives to improve the quality and affordability of health care for all Americans.

How Federal Health Reform BeneďŹ ts North Carolina’s State Employees and Retirees BY CHUCK STONE, DIRECTOR OF NORTH CAROLINIANS FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

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SEANC Members Turned Activists BY

DANA COPE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

)LQDOO\¹YLFWRU\RQKHDOWKFDUH7KLVKLVWRULFKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHUHIRUPELOOLVQRZODZ'LG\RX know that the debate over health care has been ongoing since the beginning of the 20th century EDFNZKHQ3UHVLGHQW7KHRGRUH5RRVHYHOW¹QRW)'5P\IULHQGV¹EXWZKHQ7HGG\5RRVHYHOWZDV in office? The national health care debate was exciting to me for many reasons. It accomplished one RI 6($1&œV 7RS 7HQ 3ROLF\ 3ODWIRUP 2EMHFWLYHV WKDW ³6($1& ZLOO support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and DIIRUGDEOH KHDOWK FDUH IRU DOO 8QLWHG 6WDWHV FLWL]HQV´ 2Q D SHUVRQDO OHYHOLWDIILUPHGP\GHHSO\KHOGEHOLHIWKDWKHDOWKFDUHLVDPRUDOULJKW WRHYHU\PDQZRPDQDQGFKLOGLQ$PHULFD$OWKRXJKQRWDSHUIHFWELOO E\ DQ\ PHDQV LW LV WKH ODZ RI WKH ODQG ,W PHDQV RXU GHSHQGHQWV FDQ REWDLQKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHZLWKSUHH[LVWLQJFRQGLWLRQVLWPHDQVWKDW\RX can insure your children through age 26 and much more. The health care debate also brought home what we’ve been saying for years – namely ZKDWKDSSHQVLQ:DVKLQJWRQ'&GLUHFWO\DIIHFWV1RUWK&DUROLQD$QG LWœV RQH RI WKH UHDVRQV WKDW 6($1& FKRVH WR EHFRPH 6($1& 6(,8 Local 2008. Cope One of the ways that it affected North Carolina and SEANC members LQSDUWLFXODUZDVWKDWZHJRWDFWLYHLQDPHDQLQJIXOSHUVRQDOZD\1RWRQO\GLGZHZULWHOHWWHUV PDNHSKRQHFDOOVVLJQSHWLWLRQVDQGODXQFKDKHDOWKUHIRUP:HEVLWHEXWZHSXWRXUERRWVRQWKH ground time and time again as health care activists. We told our personal health care stories – DERXWRXUVHFRQGMREVWRSD\IRURXUIDPLO\KHDOWKFDUHDERXWRXUIDPLO\PHPEHUVQRORQJHUZLWK us because of their lack of or denial of health care and about the injustice of even having to have WKLVFRQYHUVDWLRQLQWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVRI$PHULFD It was SEANC members who became the go-to health care activists and leaders for change LQRXUFRPPXQLWLHVQRWMXVWLQ5DOHLJKEXWVWDWHZLGH2XUPHPEHUVKHOGKHDOWKFDUHIRUXPVLQ *UHHQYLOOH/LOOLQJWRQ.LQVWRQ&ROID[0RUJDQWRQ5DOHLJK%XUJDZ%XWQHUDQG&O\GHWKDWGUHZ WKRXVDQGV RI HYHU\GD\ SHRSOH IRU DQG DJDLQVW KHDOWK FDUH UHIRUP 86 &RQJUHVVPHQ WKH PHGLD and most importantly our members. We protested outside of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North &DUROLQDœVFRUSRUDWHKHDGTXDUWHUVUDOOLHGLQ5DOHLJKLQVXSSRUWRI5HS%RE(WKHULGJHSURWHVWHG LQ&RQFRUGLQRSSRVLWLRQWR5HS/DUU\.LVVHOODQGPDGHRXUYRLFHVKHDUGLQQHZVSDSHUVRQ79 on facebook and across the blogosphere. The event that made me the proudest was when more than 200 of our SEANC activists and IULHQGVDQVZHUHGWKHFDOOWRMRLQRXUEURWKHUVDQGVLVWHUVLQ:DVKLQJWRQ'&WRUDOO\LQVXSSRUW of health care – all of whom woke up before 3:00 a.m. to do so. 1DWLRQDOKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHUHIRUPLVDUHDOLW\EXWWKHZRUNRQKHDOWKFDUHGRHVQœWVWRSQRZ:H PXVWFRQWLQXHLWDWWKH*HQHUDO$VVHPEO\WKLVPRQWK6($1&DFWLYLVWVFRPHMRLQPHWKLVPRQWK IRU1RUWK&DUROLQD2UJDQL]HU&RUSV 12& WUDLQLQJDQG6($1&œV/REE\'D\RQ-XQH $V RQH SURYHUE JRHV ³6RPH SHRSOH PDNH WKLQJV KDSSHQ VRPH ZDWFK WKLQJV KDSSHQ ZKLOH RWKHUV ZRQGHU ZKDW KDV KDSSHQHG´  :HOO 6($1& PHPEHUV KDYH VKRZQ WKURXJK WKHLU WLUHOHVV dedication on health care that we are indeed activists making big things happen around the nation and here in North Carolina. I am so proud that our SEANC activists are making things happen.

PUBLIC POLICY

National health insurance reform will bring real protections and key beneďŹ ts that take effect this year. 1. Lifetime limits and restricted annual limits on coverage are eliminated.  ,IZHJHWVLFNLQVXUDQFH companies can’t drop us. 3. Our children can stay covered under our policy until the age of 26.  2XUFKLOGUHQFDQÂśWEHGHQLHG care because of a pre-existing condition. 5. Our parents will be paying less for their prescriptions. 6. All new plans must cover preventive screenings and  LPPXQL]DWLRQV 7. Tax credits will be available for small businesses who offer coverage.

dcope@seanc.org

July 2009

PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS

PHOTO BY ERICA BALDWIN

SEANC hosts a dozen health reform town hall meetings across the state; several congressmen, including Rep. Bob Etheridge, speak at the forums.

SEIU International grants funds for SEANC member organizers to hold state legislators accountable for their State Health Plan vote and to educate members on national health insurance reform.

August-September 2009

SEANC District 39 member Shoshana Serxner shows support for Rep. Etheridge’s pro-health reform stance.

SEANC launches www.stopbcbs.com to call on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. to stop using health care dollars to fund anti-reform efforts.

March 2010

November 2009

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY MARY ADELAIDE BELL

December 2008January 2009 SEANC members visit nine North Carolina congressmen, including Rep. G.K. ButterďŹ eld, to ask for their support of health care reform.

July 2009

August 2009

SEANC members and health care advocates protest outside of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C., which spent big dollars trying to block health insurance reform.

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

March 2010

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

More than 200 SEANC members go to Washington, D.C. in support of health insurance reform.

SEANC joins the Organizing for America health care tour, where District 42 member Regenia Melvin talks to SEANC member organizers after the rally in Raleigh.

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THE REPORTER MAY 2010 *Incumbents. Italicized names are SEANC members. 13 21 28 3 7

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how you are working to keep our neighborhoods safe and how you are keeping the roads drivable so that people can get to work. I have worked for North Carolina for 21 years and suffered along with other career employees WKURXJK \HDUV ZLWK QR SD\ LQFUHDVHV ZKLOH ZH EXLOW EULGJHV WR QRZKHUH DQG RYHUSULFHG ¿VKLQJ SLHUVEXWHQRXJKLVHQRXJK,ZDQWWRHQFRXUDJH each of you to attend this lobby day. :H 6($1& DUH WKH UHFRJQL]HG YRLFH RI VWDWH HPSOR\HHV :H FRQWLQXH WR JURZ EXW ZH must continue to have legislators stand up and WDNH QRWLFH WKDW ZH FDQQRW QRU ZLOO QRW DFFHSW another health insurance increase to our monthly bills. We endorsed and helped elect over half of WKHOHJLVODWLYHERG\DQGQRZLWLVWLPHIRUWKHP to hear from us loud and clear – represent those ZKRKHOSHGJHW\RXHOHFWHGRU¿QGDQRWKHUFDUHHU 7KHVHDUHWKLQJVWKDW,WKLQNDERXWHYHU\GD\EXW now is the time for us to stop talking and start acting. Now I know that people are pressed for everything – especially time and money. I have KHDUGSHRSOHVD\³,FDQœWDIIRUGWRWDNHWKHGD\RII WRJRWR5DOHLJK´%XW,KDYHWRWHOO\RXSHRSOH we cannot afford not to attend. So go to the SEANC Web site and sign up for lobby day. It’s time for the talkers to take action.

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Jimmy Davis of District 4 urges every SEANC member to take action by attending lobby day. PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS

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Stop Talking, Start Acting: See you at Lobby Day June 8

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Rob Jernigan Fayetteville, NC

Will Walters Fayetteville, NC

John Hill New Bern, NC

Jeff Tate Henderson, NC

Chris Harris Greenville, NC

Page Simpson Raleigh, NC

Steve Hamilton, LUTCF Barnardsville, NC

Shelley Kittrell Sanford, NC

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Ty Cobb, CFP Angier, NC

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Register online at www.seanc.org. Buses will be coming to Raleigh from Charlotte, Asheville, Morganton, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Wilmington and Greenville for a fee per rider.

NC State Employees Service Office 8364 Six Forks Road Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27615 Toll Free 800-334-1217 Local 919-844-1777 www.ncbenefits.com

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6:30 p.m.

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6:00 p.m.

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Policy Platform Resources Looking for more information on Policy Platform? The SEANC Web site has the following resources available for members at http://www.seanc.org/about/committees.aspx under the Policy Platform/Personnel BeneďŹ ts Committee: Policy Platform Advisory Committee Members are available to assist members craft their objectives. Policy Platform Objective Forms must be completed and approved at an annual meeting. See page 14 for the current list of annual meetings. 2010 Policy Platform Plan of Action contains the Policy Platform objectives approved by SEANC convention delegates in 2009. District Chairpersons are available to provide information to members about their individual districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy Platform submission rules at www.seanc.org/about/board.aspx.

SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009-2010 Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives (AS DETERMINED BY THE 2009 CONVENTION) 1. Seek continuation of a fully paid health care beneďŹ t for active qualiďŹ ed employees and retired employees. 2. Seek restoration of the employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution to the Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and State Employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Retirement System to at least match the employee contribution of 6 percent. 3. Request that the General Assembly fund the employee compensation plan prior to considering other appropriations. 4. SEANC will support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and affordable health care for all United States citizens based on principles similar to those established by the North Carolina Health Access Coalition. 5. Oppose legislation that would remove state employees from under the protections of the State Personnel Act through the OfďŹ ce of State Personnel. 6. SEANC endorses the repeal of G.S. §95-98 and supports the enactment of legislation to govern collective bargaining by North Carolina public employees; further SEANC will seek to amend G.S. §143-3.3(g) and G.S. §135-18.8 to delete language that voids dues deduction from payroll or from a retirement beneďŹ t if an employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or retireesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association engages in collective bargaining. 7. Propose legislation to consider SPA employees for equal percentage pay increases as teachers, EPA employees and faculty employees. 8. Seek an increase in the retirement accrual rate to 2.0 to provide employees with 60 percent of their ďŹ nal compensation upon retirement. 9. Seek legislation to remove oversight of the State Health Plan from under the auspices of the Majority Leaders of the Senate and House to a government agency. 10. SEANC will oppose privatization and downsizing of state government services.

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Policy Platform is key to achieving SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission In order to protect and enhance the rights and EHQHÂżWVRIFXUUHQWUHWLUHGDQGIXWXUHVWDWHHPSOR\HHV WKH 3ROLF\ 3ODWIRUP DOVR UHIHUUHG WR DV 6($1&ÂśV Âł3ODQRI$FWLRQ´RXWOLQHVWKHSROLFLHVDQGREMHFWLYHV that drive SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislative and administrative lobbying activities. It represents our membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best thinking about how to recruit and retain the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most valuable resource â&#x20AC;&#x201C; state employees.

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District Annual Meetings Members present policy ideas for a vote. Approved ideas are forwarded to the statewide Policy Platform meeting.

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'LVWULFW DQQXDO PHHWLQJV EHJLQ LQ 0D\ VR now is the time to turn our recommendations for change into formal Policy Platform objectives. 6($1& SURYLGHV D IRUPDW IRU WKLV SXUSRVH ZKLFK \RX ZLOO ÂżQG DW KWWSZZZVHDQFRUJGRFV PolicyPlatformObjectiveForm.pdf. 7REHVXFFHVVIXOUHFRPPHQGDWLRQVVKRXOG clearly describe the desired change or new activity proposed and should include a meaningful rationale. A well-developed rationale increases the likelihood that a given recommendation will be adopted by SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual convention. In developing D UDWLRQDOH DVN \RXUVHOI D IHZ TXHVWLRQV KRZ ZLOO WKLV UHFRPPHQGDWLRQ LI DGRSWHG LPSURYH WKH VWDWHÂśV HIIRUWV WR UHFUXLW RU UHWDLQ D TXDOLÂżHG workforce or improve a workplace practice? Will it give rise to cost savings? Will it improve the delivery of a public service?

(DFK GLVWULFW KDV D 3ROLF\ 3ODWIRUP FKDLUSHUVRQ and Policy Platform Advisory Committee members are available to assist you in developing your ideas into formal objectives and in drafting revisions to existing platform objectives and policy language. You may also contact your district chairperson for information about the Policy Platform process in your district. mhovious@ec.rr.com

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Statewide Policy Platform Meeting All 53 districtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Policy Platform chairmen meet to vote on policy objectives approved at district annual meetings. Approved policy objectives are forwarded to convention delegates for a vote.

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THE REPORTER MAY 2010

Looking for more information on Policy Platform? The SEANC Web site has the following resources available for members at http://www.seanc.org/about/committees.aspx under the Policy Platform/Personnel BeneďŹ ts Committee: Policy Platform Advisory Committee Members are available to assist members craft their objectives. Policy Platform Objective Forms must be completed and approved at an annual meeting. See page 14 for the current list of annual meetings. 2010 Policy Platform Plan of Action contains the Policy Platform objectives approved by SEANC convention delegates in 2009. District Chairpersons are available to provide information to members about their individual districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy Platform submission rules at www.seanc.org/about/board.aspx.

SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009-2010 Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives (AS DETERMINED BY THE 2009 CONVENTION) 1. Seek continuation of a fully paid health care beneďŹ t for active qualiďŹ ed employees and retired employees. 2. Seek restoration of the employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution to the Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and State Employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Retirement System to at least match the employee contribution of 6 percent. 3. Request that the General Assembly fund the employee compensation plan prior to considering other appropriations. 4. SEANC will support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and affordable health care for all United States citizens based on principles similar to those established by the North Carolina Health Access Coalition. 5. Oppose legislation that would remove state employees from under the protections of the State Personnel Act through the OfďŹ ce of State Personnel. 6. SEANC endorses the repeal of G.S. §95-98 and supports the enactment of legislation to govern collective bargaining by North Carolina public employees; further SEANC will seek to amend G.S. §143-3.3(g) and G.S. §135-18.8 to delete language that voids dues deduction from payroll or from a retirement beneďŹ t if an employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or retireesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association engages in collective bargaining. 7. Propose legislation to consider SPA employees for equal percentage pay increases as teachers, EPA employees and faculty employees. 8. Seek an increase in the retirement accrual rate to 2.0 to provide employees with 60 percent of their ďŹ nal compensation upon retirement. 9. Seek legislation to remove oversight of the State Health Plan from under the auspices of the Majority Leaders of the Senate and House to a government agency. 10. SEANC will oppose privatization and downsizing of state government services.

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All SEANC decisions stem from district meetings. Whether you have talents or interests in policy, scholarships, communications, membership recruitment or serving as a convention delegate, your district has a place for you! Attend your annual meeting and vote on district ofďŹ cers, Policy Platform Objectives, SEANC Bylaws and more. To ďŹ nd out your district number, go to www.seanc.org under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quick Links.â&#x20AC;? Contact your district ofďŹ cers to conďŹ rm the meeting dates, times and locations as they are subject to change, or check the calendar of events at www.seanc.org. * As of press time.

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LEFT: SEANC member Rudy Croom, an employee at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, signs his concerns about studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety due to recent cuts in staff during a meeting on March 12. CENTER: SEANC Legislative Affairs Director Ardis Watkins, right, discusses the next steps for employees and concerned parents at the deaf school. RIGHT: SEANC Legal Counsel Tom Harris, left, talks about how Executive Order 45 will beneďŹ t employees and citizens who use state services, such as the deaf school.

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Terry Baker - ghostbuster151@yahoo.com

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Health Insurance Reform: The Big Picture

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, is a victory for every working family who ever worried about how they were going to pay for their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care, struggled in the face of medical bankruptcy or saw their dreams taken away by skyrocketing health care costs. SEANC members worked to support the passage of reform, as one of SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Ten Policy Platform Objectives to improve the quality and affordability of health care for all Americans.

How Federal Health Reform BeneďŹ ts North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Employees and Retirees BY CHUCK STONE, DIRECTOR OF NORTH CAROLINIANS FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

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SEANC Members Turned Activists BY

DANA COPE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

)LQDOO\ÂąYLFWRU\RQKHDOWKFDUH7KLVKLVWRULFKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHUHIRUPELOOLVQRZODZ'LG\RX know that the debate over health care has been ongoing since the beginning of the 20th century EDFNZKHQ3UHVLGHQW7KHRGRUH5RRVHYHOWÂąQRW)'5P\IULHQGVÂąEXWZKHQ7HGG\5RRVHYHOWZDV in office? The national health care debate was exciting to me for many reasons. It accomplished one RI 6($1&ÂśV 7RS 7HQ 3ROLF\ 3ODWIRUP 2EMHFWLYHV WKDW Âł6($1& ZLOO support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and DIIRUGDEOH KHDOWK FDUH IRU DOO 8QLWHG 6WDWHV FLWL]HQV´ 2Q D SHUVRQDO OHYHOLWDIILUPHGP\GHHSO\KHOGEHOLHIWKDWKHDOWKFDUHLVDPRUDOULJKW WRHYHU\PDQZRPDQDQGFKLOGLQ$PHULFD$OWKRXJKQRWDSHUIHFWELOO E\ DQ\ PHDQV LW LV WKH ODZ RI WKH ODQG ,W PHDQV RXU GHSHQGHQWV FDQ REWDLQKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHZLWKSUHH[LVWLQJFRQGLWLRQVLWPHDQVWKDW\RX can insure your children through age 26 and much more. The health care debate also brought home what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been saying for years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; namely ZKDWKDSSHQVLQ:DVKLQJWRQ'&GLUHFWO\DIIHFWV1RUWK&DUROLQD$QG LWÂśV RQH RI WKH UHDVRQV WKDW 6($1& FKRVH WR EHFRPH 6($1& 6(,8 Local 2008. Cope One of the ways that it affected North Carolina and SEANC members LQSDUWLFXODUZDVWKDWZHJRWDFWLYHLQDPHDQLQJIXOSHUVRQDOZD\1RWRQO\GLGZHZULWHOHWWHUV PDNHSKRQHFDOOVVLJQSHWLWLRQVDQGODXQFKDKHDOWKUHIRUP:HEVLWHEXWZHSXWRXUERRWVRQWKH ground time and time again as health care activists. We told our personal health care stories â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DERXWRXUVHFRQGMREVWRSD\IRURXUIDPLO\KHDOWKFDUHDERXWRXUIDPLO\PHPEHUVQRORQJHUZLWK us because of their lack of or denial of health care and about the injustice of even having to have WKLVFRQYHUVDWLRQLQWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVRI$PHULFD It was SEANC members who became the go-to health care activists and leaders for change LQRXUFRPPXQLWLHVQRWMXVWLQ5DOHLJKEXWVWDWHZLGH2XUPHPEHUVKHOGKHDOWKFDUHIRUXPVLQ *UHHQYLOOH/LOOLQJWRQ.LQVWRQ&ROID[0RUJDQWRQ5DOHLJK%XUJDZ%XWQHUDQG&O\GHWKDWGUHZ WKRXVDQGV RI HYHU\GD\ SHRSOH IRU DQG DJDLQVW KHDOWK FDUH UHIRUP 86 &RQJUHVVPHQ WKH PHGLD and most importantly our members. We protested outside of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North &DUROLQDÂśVFRUSRUDWHKHDGTXDUWHUVUDOOLHGLQ5DOHLJKLQVXSSRUWRI5HS%RE(WKHULGJHSURWHVWHG LQ&RQFRUGLQRSSRVLWLRQWR5HS/DUU\.LVVHOODQGPDGHRXUYRLFHVKHDUGLQQHZVSDSHUVRQ79 on facebook and across the blogosphere. The event that made me the proudest was when more than 200 of our SEANC activists and IULHQGVDQVZHUHGWKHFDOOWRMRLQRXUEURWKHUVDQGVLVWHUVLQ:DVKLQJWRQ'&WRUDOO\LQVXSSRUW of health care â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all of whom woke up before 3:00 a.m. to do so. 1DWLRQDOKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHUHIRUPLVDUHDOLW\EXWWKHZRUNRQKHDOWKFDUHGRHVQÂśWVWRSQRZ:H PXVWFRQWLQXHLWDWWKH*HQHUDO$VVHPEO\WKLVPRQWK6($1&DFWLYLVWVFRPHMRLQPHWKLVPRQWK IRU1RUWK&DUROLQD2UJDQL]HU&RUSV 12& WUDLQLQJDQG6($1&ÂśV/REE\'D\RQ-XQH $V RQH SURYHUE JRHV Âł6RPH SHRSOH PDNH WKLQJV KDSSHQ VRPH ZDWFK WKLQJV KDSSHQ ZKLOH RWKHUV ZRQGHU ZKDW KDV KDSSHQHG´  :HOO 6($1& PHPEHUV KDYH VKRZQ WKURXJK WKHLU WLUHOHVV dedication on health care that we are indeed activists making big things happen around the nation and here in North Carolina. I am so proud that our SEANC activists are making things happen.

National health insurance reform will bring real protections and key beneďŹ ts that take effect this year. 1. Lifetime limits and restricted annual limits on coverage are eliminated.  ,IZHJHWVLFNLQVXUDQFH companies canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drop us. 3. Our children can stay covered under our policy until the age of 26.  2XUFKLOGUHQFDQÂśWEHGHQLHG care because of a pre-existing condition. 5. Our parents will be paying less for their prescriptions. 6. All new plans must cover preventive screenings and  LPPXQL]DWLRQV 7. Tax credits will be available for small businesses who offer coverage.

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July 2009 SEIU International grants funds for SEANC member organizers to hold state legislators accountable for their State Health Plan vote and to educate members on national health insurance reform.

August-September 2009 SEANC hosts a dozen health reform town hall meetings across the state; several congressmen, including Rep. Bob Etheridge, speak at the forums.

PHOTO BY ERICA BALDWIN

PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS

November 2009

March 2010

SEANC launches www.stopbcbs.com to call on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. to stop using health care dollars to fund anti-reform efforts.

SEANC District 39 member Shoshana Serxner shows support for Rep. Etheridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pro-health reform stance. PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY MARY ADELAIDE BELL

December 2008January 2009 SEANC members visit nine North Carolina congressmen, including Rep. G.K. ButterďŹ eld, to ask for their support of health care reform.

July 2009 SEANC members and health care advocates protest outside of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C., which spent big dollars trying to block health insurance reform.

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

August 2009

March 2010

SEANC joins the Organizing for America health care tour, where District 42 member Regenia Melvin talks to SEANC member organizers after the rally in Raleigh.

More than 200 SEANC members go to Washington, D.C. in support of health insurance reform. PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

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*Incumbents. Italicized names are SEANC members.

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Endorsement Process

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Frankie Bordeaux (D) Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt Doug Berger* (D) Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren R. Benjamin Clark III (D) Hoke, Robeson Lula Crenshaw (D) Cumberland Gladys Robinson (D) Guilford

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Ken Waddell (D) Brunswick, Columbus Bernard Allen II (D) Wake Jeanne Bonds (D) Wake Chris Heagarty* (D) Wake Tom Murry (R) Wake Elmer Floyd* (D) Cumberland Charles Graham (D) Robeson Fred Foster Jr. (D) Durham, Person Alma Adams* (D) Guilford John Faircloth (R) Guilford Pat Hurley* (R) Randolph Shirley Randleman* (R) Wilkes Rodney Moore (D) Mecklenburg Mark Crawford (R) Buncombe

Dist. Candidate (Party) BY

TONI DAVIS

Primed to Vote: EMPAC Endorses 10 SEANC Members in May 4 Primary

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EMPAC Endorsements

how you are working to keep our neighborhoods safe and how you are keeping the roads drivable so that people can get to work. I have worked for North Carolina for 21 years and suffered along with other career employees WKURXJK \HDUV ZLWK QR SD\ LQFUHDVHV ZKLOH ZH EXLOW EULGJHV WR QRZKHUH DQG RYHUSULFHG ÂżVKLQJ SLHUVEXWHQRXJKLVHQRXJK,ZDQWWRHQFRXUDJH each of you to attend this lobby day. :H 6($1& DUH WKH UHFRJQL]HG YRLFH RI VWDWH HPSOR\HHV :H FRQWLQXH WR JURZ EXW ZH must continue to have legislators stand up and WDNH QRWLFH WKDW ZH FDQQRW QRU ZLOO QRW DFFHSW another health insurance increase to our monthly bills. We endorsed and helped elect over half of WKHOHJLVODWLYHERG\DQGQRZLWLVWLPHIRUWKHP to hear from us loud and clear â&#x20AC;&#x201C; represent those ZKRKHOSHGJHW\RXHOHFWHGRUÂżQGDQRWKHUFDUHHU 7KHVHDUHWKLQJVWKDW,WKLQNDERXWHYHU\GD\EXW now is the time for us to stop talking and start acting. Now I know that people are pressed for everything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially time and money. I have KHDUGSHRSOHVD\Âł,FDQÂśWDIIRUGWRWDNHWKHGD\RII WRJRWR5DOHLJK´%XW,KDYHWRWHOO\RXSHRSOH we cannot afford not to attend. So go to the SEANC Web site and sign up for lobby day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the talkers to take action. Jimmy Davis of District 4 urges every SEANC member to take action by attending lobby day.

BY JIMMY DAVIS, DISTRICT 4 CHAIRMAN

Stop Talking, Start Acting: See you at Lobby Day June 8

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Health Insurance Reform: The Big Picture

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, is a victory for every working family who ever worried about how they were going to pay for their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care, struggled in the face of medical bankruptcy or saw their dreams taken away by skyrocketing health care costs. SEANC members worked to support the passage of reform, as one of SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Ten Policy Platform Objectives to improve the quality and affordability of health care for all Americans.

How Federal Health Reform BeneďŹ ts North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Employees and Retirees BY CHUCK STONE, DIRECTOR OF NORTH CAROLINIANS FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

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SEANC Members Turned Activists BY

DANA COPE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

)LQDOO\ÂąYLFWRU\RQKHDOWKFDUH7KLVKLVWRULFKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHUHIRUPELOOLVQRZODZ'LG\RX know that the debate over health care has been ongoing since the beginning of the 20th century EDFNZKHQ3UHVLGHQW7KHRGRUH5RRVHYHOWÂąQRW)'5P\IULHQGVÂąEXWZKHQ7HGG\5RRVHYHOWZDV in office? The national health care debate was exciting to me for many reasons. It accomplished one RI 6($1&ÂśV 7RS 7HQ 3ROLF\ 3ODWIRUP 2EMHFWLYHV WKDW Âł6($1& ZLOO support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and DIIRUGDEOH KHDOWK FDUH IRU DOO 8QLWHG 6WDWHV FLWL]HQV´ 2Q D SHUVRQDO OHYHOLWDIILUPHGP\GHHSO\KHOGEHOLHIWKDWKHDOWKFDUHLVDPRUDOULJKW WRHYHU\PDQZRPDQDQGFKLOGLQ$PHULFD$OWKRXJKQRWDSHUIHFWELOO E\ DQ\ PHDQV LW LV WKH ODZ RI WKH ODQG ,W PHDQV RXU GHSHQGHQWV FDQ REWDLQKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHZLWKSUHH[LVWLQJFRQGLWLRQVLWPHDQVWKDW\RX can insure your children through age 26 and much more. The health care debate also brought home what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been saying for years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; namely ZKDWKDSSHQVLQ:DVKLQJWRQ'&GLUHFWO\DIIHFWV1RUWK&DUROLQD$QG LWÂśV RQH RI WKH UHDVRQV WKDW 6($1& FKRVH WR EHFRPH 6($1& 6(,8 Local 2008. Cope One of the ways that it affected North Carolina and SEANC members LQSDUWLFXODUZDVWKDWZHJRWDFWLYHLQDPHDQLQJIXOSHUVRQDOZD\1RWRQO\GLGZHZULWHOHWWHUV PDNHSKRQHFDOOVVLJQSHWLWLRQVDQGODXQFKDKHDOWKUHIRUP:HEVLWHEXWZHSXWRXUERRWVRQWKH ground time and time again as health care activists. We told our personal health care stories â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DERXWRXUVHFRQGMREVWRSD\IRURXUIDPLO\KHDOWKFDUHDERXWRXUIDPLO\PHPEHUVQRORQJHUZLWK us because of their lack of or denial of health care and about the injustice of even having to have WKLVFRQYHUVDWLRQLQWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVRI$PHULFD It was SEANC members who became the go-to health care activists and leaders for change LQRXUFRPPXQLWLHVQRWMXVWLQ5DOHLJKEXWVWDWHZLGH2XUPHPEHUVKHOGKHDOWKFDUHIRUXPVLQ *UHHQYLOOH/LOOLQJWRQ.LQVWRQ&ROID[0RUJDQWRQ5DOHLJK%XUJDZ%XWQHUDQG&O\GHWKDWGUHZ WKRXVDQGV RI HYHU\GD\ SHRSOH IRU DQG DJDLQVW KHDOWK FDUH UHIRUP 86 &RQJUHVVPHQ WKH PHGLD and most importantly our members. We protested outside of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North &DUROLQDÂśVFRUSRUDWHKHDGTXDUWHUVUDOOLHGLQ5DOHLJKLQVXSSRUWRI5HS%RE(WKHULGJHSURWHVWHG LQ&RQFRUGLQRSSRVLWLRQWR5HS/DUU\.LVVHOODQGPDGHRXUYRLFHVKHDUGLQQHZVSDSHUVRQ79 on facebook and across the blogosphere. The event that made me the proudest was when more than 200 of our SEANC activists and IULHQGVDQVZHUHGWKHFDOOWRMRLQRXUEURWKHUVDQGVLVWHUVLQ:DVKLQJWRQ'&WRUDOO\LQVXSSRUW of health care â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all of whom woke up before 3:00 a.m. to do so. 1DWLRQDOKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHUHIRUPLVDUHDOLW\EXWWKHZRUNRQKHDOWKFDUHGRHVQÂśWVWRSQRZ:H PXVWFRQWLQXHLWDWWKH*HQHUDO$VVHPEO\WKLVPRQWK6($1&DFWLYLVWVFRPHMRLQPHWKLVPRQWK IRU1RUWK&DUROLQD2UJDQL]HU&RUSV 12& WUDLQLQJDQG6($1&ÂśV/REE\'D\RQ-XQH $V RQH SURYHUE JRHV Âł6RPH SHRSOH PDNH WKLQJV KDSSHQ VRPH ZDWFK WKLQJV KDSSHQ ZKLOH RWKHUV ZRQGHU ZKDW KDV KDSSHQHG´  :HOO 6($1& PHPEHUV KDYH VKRZQ WKURXJK WKHLU WLUHOHVV dedication on health care that we are indeed activists making big things happen around the nation and here in North Carolina. I am so proud that our SEANC activists are making things happen.

National health insurance reform will bring real protections and key beneďŹ ts that take effect this year. 1. Lifetime limits and restricted annual limits on coverage are eliminated.  ,IZHJHWVLFNLQVXUDQFH companies canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drop us. 3. Our children can stay covered under our policy until the age of 26.  2XUFKLOGUHQFDQÂśWEHGHQLHG care because of a pre-existing condition. 5. Our parents will be paying less for their prescriptions. 6. All new plans must cover preventive screenings and  LPPXQL]DWLRQV 7. Tax credits will be available for small businesses who offer coverage.

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July 2009 SEIU International grants funds for SEANC member organizers to hold state legislators accountable for their State Health Plan vote and to educate members on national health insurance reform.

August-September 2009 SEANC hosts a dozen health reform town hall meetings across the state; several congressmen, including Rep. Bob Etheridge, speak at the forums.

PHOTO BY ERICA BALDWIN

PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS

November 2009

March 2010

SEANC launches www.stopbcbs.com to call on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. to stop using health care dollars to fund anti-reform efforts.

SEANC District 39 member Shoshana Serxner shows support for Rep. Etheridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pro-health reform stance. PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY MARY ADELAIDE BELL

December 2008January 2009 SEANC members visit nine North Carolina congressmen, including Rep. G.K. ButterďŹ eld, to ask for their support of health care reform.

July 2009 SEANC members and health care advocates protest outside of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C., which spent big dollars trying to block health insurance reform.

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

August 2009

March 2010

SEANC joins the Organizing for America health care tour, where District 42 member Regenia Melvin talks to SEANC member organizers after the rally in Raleigh.

More than 200 SEANC members go to Washington, D.C. in support of health insurance reform. PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

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*Incumbents. Italicized names are SEANC members.

EMPAC is divided into 15 areas across the state with a committee in each area that chooses whether or not to endorse in North Carolina General Assembly primary and general election races. Prior to UHFHLYLQJDQHQGRUVHPHQWIURPWKHVWDWHZLGH(03$&HDFKFDQGLGDWHZDVLQWHUYLHZHGDQGDSSURYHG E\WKHLUORFDODUHD(03$&WHDP7ROHDUQPRUHDERXW(03$&DQGWKHQRPLQDWLQJSURFHVVJRWRWKH EMPAC section of the SEANC Web site at www.seanc.org.

Endorsement Process

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Frankie Bordeaux (D) Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt Doug Berger* (D) Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren R. Benjamin Clark III (D) Hoke, Robeson Lula Crenshaw (D) Cumberland Gladys Robinson (D) Guilford

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Ken Waddell (D) Brunswick, Columbus Bernard Allen II (D) Wake Jeanne Bonds (D) Wake Chris Heagarty* (D) Wake Tom Murry (R) Wake Elmer Floyd* (D) Cumberland Charles Graham (D) Robeson Fred Foster Jr. (D) Durham, Person Alma Adams* (D) Guilford John Faircloth (R) Guilford Pat Hurley* (R) Randolph Shirley Randleman* (R) Wilkes Rodney Moore (D) Mecklenburg Mark Crawford (R) Buncombe

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TONI DAVIS

Primed to Vote: EMPAC Endorses 10 SEANC Members in May 4 Primary

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how you are working to keep our neighborhoods safe and how you are keeping the roads drivable so that people can get to work. I have worked for North Carolina for 21 years and suffered along with other career employees WKURXJK \HDUV ZLWK QR SD\ LQFUHDVHV ZKLOH ZH EXLOW EULGJHV WR QRZKHUH DQG RYHUSULFHG ÂżVKLQJ SLHUVEXWHQRXJKLVHQRXJK,ZDQWWRHQFRXUDJH each of you to attend this lobby day. :H 6($1& DUH WKH UHFRJQL]HG YRLFH RI VWDWH HPSOR\HHV :H FRQWLQXH WR JURZ EXW ZH must continue to have legislators stand up and WDNH QRWLFH WKDW ZH FDQQRW QRU ZLOO QRW DFFHSW another health insurance increase to our monthly bills. We endorsed and helped elect over half of WKHOHJLVODWLYHERG\DQGQRZLWLVWLPHIRUWKHP to hear from us loud and clear â&#x20AC;&#x201C; represent those ZKRKHOSHGJHW\RXHOHFWHGRUÂżQGDQRWKHUFDUHHU 7KHVHDUHWKLQJVWKDW,WKLQNDERXWHYHU\GD\EXW now is the time for us to stop talking and start acting. Now I know that people are pressed for everything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially time and money. I have KHDUGSHRSOHVD\Âł,FDQÂśWDIIRUGWRWDNHWKHGD\RII WRJRWR5DOHLJK´%XW,KDYHWRWHOO\RXSHRSOH we cannot afford not to attend. So go to the SEANC Web site and sign up for lobby day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the talkers to take action. Jimmy Davis of District 4 urges every SEANC member to take action by attending lobby day.

BY JIMMY DAVIS, DISTRICT 4 CHAIRMAN

Stop Talking, Start Acting: See you at Lobby Day June 8

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MEMBER ANNUAL ACTION MEETINGS* DISTRICT

PUBLIC POLICY

All SEANC decisions stem from district meetings. Whether you have talents or interests in policy, scholarships, communications, membership recruitment or serving as a convention delegate, your district has a place for you! Attend your annual meeting and vote on district ofďŹ cers, Policy Platform Objectives, SEANC Bylaws and more. To ďŹ nd out your district number, go to www.seanc.org under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quick Links.â&#x20AC;? Contact your district ofďŹ cers to conďŹ rm the meeting dates, times and locations as they are subject to change, or check the calendar of events at www.seanc.org. * As of press time.

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City Sylva

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District Chairperson Teddy Greene - tgreene@ncdot.gov

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Bob Gibbard - gibbardro@appstate.edu

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Morganton

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Morganton

Broughton Hospital Chapel Assembly Room 1000 S. Sterling St.

Morganton

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Melissa Freeman - mfreeman@wpcc.edu Wayne Freeman - Wayne.Freeman@ncmail.net

Yes

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Barbara Leatherman - leatherlee@charter.net



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6:30 p.m.

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Newton

Polkton Charlotte

Yes

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Gibsonville

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Linda Moore - lmoore@ncdot.gov 'DQ(ÂżUGGHÂżUGMU#WULDGUUFRP Pamela Locklear - lpj02@doc.state.nc.us Marie Tate - marie.tate@orange.k12.nc.us Cliff Brown - seanc2@nc.rr.com

Fayetteville

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Creedmoor

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St. Pauls

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Whiteville

LEFT: SEANC member Rudy Croom, an employee at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, signs his concerns about studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety due to recent cuts in staff during a meeting on March 12. CENTER: SEANC Legislative Affairs Director Ardis Watkins, right, discusses the next steps for employees and concerned parents at the deaf school. RIGHT: SEANC Legal Counsel Tom Harris, left, talks about how Executive Order 45 will beneďŹ t employees and citizens who use state services, such as the deaf school.

Scott McMahan - rutherfordtonheel@yahoo.com Larry Brent Reeves - brentreeve@charter.net .HQ%HDYHUEND#GRFVWDWHQFXV

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Michele Shaw - micheleshaw22@gmail.com -HUHP\5HJLVWHUMJU#\PDLOFRP

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Terry Baker - ghostbuster151@yahoo.com

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Bruce Garner - bhgarner@yahoo.com

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Robert Barnhill - rbarnhill@ec.rr.com

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Authorized Agents

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Triad Area

Charlotte Area

Wilmington Area

336-996-0909 or 866-907-0909

704-527-4220 or 800-286-4220

Gene Mills - tylerstormspring@gmail.com

www.bluechipins.com 800-914-4220 Authorized Agents

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Arvis Sutton - asutton1253@yahoo.com Stuart Glover - comanchecreekllc@yahoo.com

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Call 800-222-2758 to sign up today or go to www.seanc.org.

Because they just saved $841 by using SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spectera Vision Insurance. These rates are available to SEANC members only.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It means that when employees need an avenue to improve employee-management cooperation, we have one. It means that we can discuss the terms and conditions of our employment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something that could reduce the $563 million annual turnover cost in state government.â&#x20AC;? 6($1& ([HFXWLYH'LUHFWRU 'DQD &RSH RQ ([HFXWLYH2UGHULQWKH)HE1HZV 2EVHUYHUDUWLFOHÂł3HUGXH SEANC speaks for state workers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;By and large, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a problem with being able to disclose the historical salaries of state employees or the historical nature of what their job titles and duties were.â&#x20AC;? 6($1& ([HFXWLYH 'LUHFWRU 'DQD &RSH LQ WKH 0DUFK  1HZV  2EVHUYHU DUWLFOH Âł6DODU\ KLVWRULHV NHSW IURP SXEOLF´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;To save a little bit of money and to hurt a vulnerable population to do it makes no sense. The deeper we dig down into it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just appalling. Ultimately, the effect on the schools will be that slowly, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll shut down. Staff is going to leave. Kids are going to leave.â&#x20AC;? 6($1& /HJLVODWLYH$IIDLUV 'LUHFWRU$UGLV:DWNLQV RQ WKH EXGJHW FXWVDWWKH(DVWHUQ1RUWK&DUROLQD6FKRROIRUWKH'HDILQWKH0DUFK :5$/UHSRUWÂł%XGJHWVKRUWIDOODIIHFWLQJVHUYLFHVDWVWDWHVFKRROV´

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;If North Carolina is lower [in cost] than other states, how much lower could we be if we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supplementing Blue Crossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CEO bonuses, sponsorships and buffets?â&#x20AC;? 6($1&$VVLVWDQW 'LUHFWRU of Communications Erica Baldwin in the Feb. 26 News & Observer DUWLFOHÂł+HDOWKSODQRI1&EHDWLWVQHLJKERUVÂś´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to take it anymore. While theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the RitzCarlton eating their big shrimp and high-dollar meals, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re outside eating Ritz crackers, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to send a message that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tired of their CEOs making over $4 million a year when folks are literally dying because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have access to health insurance in this country.â&#x20AC;? SEANC Executive 'LUHFWRU'DQD&RSHLQWKH0DUFK1HZV&DUROLQDUHSRUWÂł6WDWH HPSOR\HHVJRWR'&WRSURWHVWLQVXUDQFHFRPSDQLHV´

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Vaughan Named Eastern Member Action Coordinator

PUBLIC POLICY

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MEMBER ACTION

PUBLIC POLICY

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District 19 Helps Troops Serving Overseas

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District 3 Donates Food

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THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS MAY 12.

Retiring? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Have To Make Your Payout Choice from the Retirement Systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6 Options

Have You Thought All Those Option Choices Through Yet? Be Careful That You Make An Informed Decision About the Joint & Survivor Choice Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Option most everybody choosesâ&#x20AC;Śnever comparison shopsâ&#x20AC;Ś. and overpays forâ&#x20AC;Ś The Pension Maximization Plan is a New Alternative Option which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offered by the Retirement System; This Plan Puts You, (instead of them), in Control of your Retirement Income, and Empowers You to: &KRRVHWKH0D[LPXP3D\RXW2SWLRQZKLFK3D\V<RX0RUHWKDQWKH6WDWHÂśV-RLQW  6XUYLYRU3ODQ 7KLVVSHFLDOO\GHVLJQHG3ODQZLOOSURYLGHOLIHWLPHEHQHILWVIRU\RXUEHQHILFLDU\DIWHU \RXGLH <RXZLOOKDYHKLJKHUPRQWKO\LQFRPHLQPRVWFDVHVZKHQFRPSDUHGWRWKH-RLQW  6XUYLYRU3ODQ

Policy Platform is key to achieving SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission In order to protect and enhance the rights and EHQHÂżWVRIFXUUHQWUHWLUHGDQGIXWXUHVWDWHHPSOR\HHV WKH 3ROLF\ 3ODWIRUP DOVR UHIHUUHG WR DV 6($1&ÂśV Âł3ODQRI$FWLRQ´RXWOLQHVWKHSROLFLHVDQGREMHFWLYHV that drive SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislative and administrative lobbying activities. It represents our membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best thinking about how to recruit and retain the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most valuable resource â&#x20AC;&#x201C; state employees.

Hearing our collective voice through the Policy Platform

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District Annual Meetings Members present policy ideas for a vote. Approved ideas are forwarded to the statewide Policy Platform meeting.

Send us your e-mail address! Go to www.seanc.org and click â&#x20AC;&#x153;E-mail alertsâ&#x20AC;? on the bottom of the page or e-mail Carri Derrick at cderrick@seanc.org.

The Pension Maximization Plan includes life insurance; benefits paid to beneficiaries would be considered death benefits, paid out monthly for life, and would be mostly income tax free. You must qualify medically for the insurance.

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Looking for more information on Policy Platform? The SEANC Web site has the following resources available for members at http://www.seanc.org/about/committees.aspx under the Policy Platform/Personnel BeneďŹ ts Committee: Policy Platform Advisory Committee Members are available to assist members craft their objectives. Policy Platform Objective Forms must be completed and approved at an annual meeting. See page 14 for the current list of annual meetings. 2010 Policy Platform Plan of Action contains the Policy Platform objectives approved by SEANC convention delegates in 2009. District Chairpersons are available to provide information to members about their individual districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy Platform submission rules at www.seanc.org/about/board.aspx.

SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009-2010 Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives (AS DETERMINED BY THE 2009 CONVENTION) 1. Seek continuation of a fully paid health care beneďŹ t for active qualiďŹ ed employees and retired employees. 2. Seek restoration of the employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution to the Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and State Employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Retirement System to at least match the employee contribution of 6 percent. 3. Request that the General Assembly fund the employee compensation plan prior to considering other appropriations. 4. SEANC will support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and affordable health care for all United States citizens based on principles similar to those established by the North Carolina Health Access Coalition. 5. Oppose legislation that would remove state employees from under the protections of the State Personnel Act through the OfďŹ ce of State Personnel. 6. SEANC endorses the repeal of G.S. §95-98 and supports the enactment of legislation to govern collective bargaining by North Carolina public employees; further SEANC will seek to amend G.S. §143-3.3(g) and G.S. §135-18.8 to delete language that voids dues deduction from payroll or from a retirement beneďŹ t if an employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or retireesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association engages in collective bargaining. 7. Propose legislation to consider SPA employees for equal percentage pay increases as teachers, EPA employees and faculty employees. 8. Seek an increase in the retirement accrual rate to 2.0 to provide employees with 60 percent of their ďŹ nal compensation upon retirement. 9. Seek legislation to remove oversight of the State Health Plan from under the auspices of the Majority Leaders of the Senate and House to a government agency. 10. SEANC will oppose privatization and downsizing of state government services.

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Policy Platform Resources Looking for more information on Policy Platform? The SEANC Web site has the following resources available for members at http://www.seanc.org/about/committees.aspx under the Policy Platform/Personnel BeneďŹ ts Committee: Policy Platform Advisory Committee Members are available to assist members craft their objectives. Policy Platform Objective Forms must be completed and approved at an annual meeting. See page 14 for the current list of annual meetings. 2010 Policy Platform Plan of Action contains the Policy Platform objectives approved by SEANC convention delegates in 2009. District Chairpersons are available to provide information to members about their individual districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy Platform submission rules at www.seanc.org/about/board.aspx.

SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009-2010 Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives (AS DETERMINED BY THE 2009 CONVENTION) 1. Seek continuation of a fully paid health care beneďŹ t for active qualiďŹ ed employees and retired employees. 2. Seek restoration of the employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution to the Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and State Employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Retirement System to at least match the employee contribution of 6 percent. 3. Request that the General Assembly fund the employee compensation plan prior to considering other appropriations. 4. SEANC will support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and affordable health care for all United States citizens based on principles similar to those established by the North Carolina Health Access Coalition. 5. Oppose legislation that would remove state employees from under the protections of the State Personnel Act through the OfďŹ ce of State Personnel. 6. SEANC endorses the repeal of G.S. §95-98 and supports the enactment of legislation to govern collective bargaining by North Carolina public employees; further SEANC will seek to amend G.S. §143-3.3(g) and G.S. §135-18.8 to delete language that voids dues deduction from payroll or from a retirement beneďŹ t if an employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or retireesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association engages in collective bargaining. 7. Propose legislation to consider SPA employees for equal percentage pay increases as teachers, EPA employees and faculty employees. 8. Seek an increase in the retirement accrual rate to 2.0 to provide employees with 60 percent of their ďŹ nal compensation upon retirement. 9. Seek legislation to remove oversight of the State Health Plan from under the auspices of the Majority Leaders of the Senate and House to a government agency. 10. SEANC will oppose privatization and downsizing of state government services.

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All SEANC decisions stem from district meetings. Whether you have talents or interests in policy, scholarships, communications, membership recruitment or serving as a convention delegate, your district has a place for you! Attend your annual meeting and vote on district ofďŹ cers, Policy Platform Objectives, SEANC Bylaws and more. To ďŹ nd out your district number, go to www.seanc.org under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quick Links.â&#x20AC;? Contact your district ofďŹ cers to conďŹ rm the meeting dates, times and locations as they are subject to change, or check the calendar of events at www.seanc.org. Dist.

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LEFT: SEANC member Rudy Croom, an employee at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, signs his concerns about studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety due to recent cuts in staff during a meeting on March 12. CENTER: SEANC Legislative Affairs Director Ardis Watkins, right, discusses the next steps for employees and concerned parents at the deaf school. RIGHT: SEANC Legal Counsel Tom Harris, left, talks about how Executive Order 45 will beneďŹ t employees and citizens who use state services, such as the deaf school.

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Because they just saved $841 by using SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spectera Vision Insurance. These rates are available to SEANC members only.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It means that when employees need an avenue to improve employee-management cooperation, we have one. It means that we can discuss the terms and conditions of our employment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something that could reduce the $563 million annual turnover cost in state government.â&#x20AC;? 6($1& ([HFXWLYH 'LUHFWRU 'DQD &RSH RQ ([HFXWLYH2UGHULQWKH)HE1HZV 2EVHUYHUDUWLFOHÂł3HUGXH SEANC speaks for state workers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;By and large, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a problem with being able to disclose the historical salaries of state employees or the historical nature of what their job titles and duties were.â&#x20AC;? 6($1& ([HFXWLYH 'LUHFWRU 'DQD &RSH LQ WKH 0DUFK  1HZV  2EVHUYHU DUWLFOH Âł6DODU\ KLVWRULHV NHSW IURP SXEOLF´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;To save a little bit of money and to hurt a vulnerable population to do it makes no sense. The deeper we dig down into it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just appalling. Ultimately, the effect on the schools will be that slowly, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll shut down. Staff is going to leave. Kids are going to leave.â&#x20AC;? 6($1& /HJLVODWLYH$IIDLUV 'LUHFWRU$UGLV:DWNLQV RQ WKH EXGJHW FXWVDWWKH(DVWHUQ1RUWK&DUROLQD6FKRROIRUWKH'HDILQWKH0DUFK :5$/UHSRUWÂł%XGJHWVKRUWIDOODIIHFWLQJVHUYLFHVDWVWDWHVFKRROV´

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Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Message BY TONY SMITH

Time to Gear Up for the Legislative Session

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Health Insurance Reform: The Big Picture

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SEANC Members Turned Activists BY

DANA COPE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

)LQDOO\ÂąYLFWRU\RQKHDOWKFDUH7KLVKLVWRULFKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHUHIRUPELOOLVQRZODZ'LG\RX know that the debate over health care has been ongoing since the beginning of the 20th century EDFNZKHQ3UHVLGHQW7KHRGRUH5RRVHYHOWÂąQRW)'5P\IULHQGVÂąEXWZKHQ7HGG\5RRVHYHOWZDV in office? The national health care debate was exciting to me for many reasons. It accomplished one RI 6($1&ÂśV 7RS 7HQ 3ROLF\ 3ODWIRUP 2EMHFWLYHV WKDW Âł6($1& ZLOO support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and DIIRUGDEOH KHDOWK FDUH IRU DOO 8QLWHG 6WDWHV FLWL]HQV´ 2Q D SHUVRQDO OHYHOLWDIILUPHGP\GHHSO\KHOGEHOLHIWKDWKHDOWKFDUHLVDPRUDOULJKW WRHYHU\PDQZRPDQDQGFKLOGLQ$PHULFD$OWKRXJKQRWDSHUIHFWELOO E\ DQ\ PHDQV LW LV WKH ODZ RI WKH ODQG ,W PHDQV RXU GHSHQGHQWV FDQ REWDLQKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHZLWKSUHH[LVWLQJFRQGLWLRQVLWPHDQVWKDW\RX can insure your children through age 26 and much more. The health care debate also brought home what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been saying for years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; namely ZKDWKDSSHQVLQ:DVKLQJWRQ'&GLUHFWO\DIIHFWV1RUWK&DUROLQD$QG LWÂśV RQH RI WKH UHDVRQV WKDW 6($1& FKRVH WR EHFRPH 6($1& 6(,8 Local 2008. Cope One of the ways that it affected North Carolina and SEANC members LQSDUWLFXODUZDVWKDWZHJRWDFWLYHLQDPHDQLQJIXOSHUVRQDOZD\1RWRQO\GLGZHZULWHOHWWHUV PDNHSKRQHFDOOVVLJQSHWLWLRQVDQGODXQFKDKHDOWKUHIRUP:HEVLWHEXWZHSXWRXUERRWVRQWKH ground time and time again as health care activists. We told our personal health care stories â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DERXWRXUVHFRQGMREVWRSD\IRURXUIDPLO\KHDOWKFDUHDERXWRXUIDPLO\PHPEHUVQRORQJHUZLWK us because of their lack of or denial of health care and about the injustice of even having to have WKLVFRQYHUVDWLRQLQWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVRI$PHULFD It was SEANC members who became the go-to health care activists and leaders for change LQRXUFRPPXQLWLHVQRWMXVWLQ5DOHLJKEXWVWDWHZLGH2XUPHPEHUVKHOGKHDOWKFDUHIRUXPVLQ *UHHQYLOOH/LOOLQJWRQ.LQVWRQ&ROID[0RUJDQWRQ5DOHLJK%XUJDZ%XWQHUDQG&O\GHWKDWGUHZ WKRXVDQGV RI HYHU\GD\ SHRSOH IRU DQG DJDLQVW KHDOWK FDUH UHIRUP 86 &RQJUHVVPHQ WKH PHGLD and most importantly our members. We protested outside of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North &DUROLQDÂśVFRUSRUDWHKHDGTXDUWHUVUDOOLHGLQ5DOHLJKLQVXSSRUWRI5HS%RE(WKHULGJHSURWHVWHG LQ&RQFRUGLQRSSRVLWLRQWR5HS/DUU\.LVVHOODQGPDGHRXUYRLFHVKHDUGLQQHZVSDSHUVRQ79 on facebook and across the blogosphere. The event that made me the proudest was when more than 200 of our SEANC activists and IULHQGVDQVZHUHGWKHFDOOWRMRLQRXUEURWKHUVDQGVLVWHUVLQ:DVKLQJWRQ'&WRUDOO\LQVXSSRUW of health care â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all of whom woke up before 3:00 a.m. to do so. 1DWLRQDOKHDOWKLQVXUDQFHUHIRUPLVDUHDOLW\EXWWKHZRUNRQKHDOWKFDUHGRHVQÂśWVWRSQRZ:H PXVWFRQWLQXHLWDWWKH*HQHUDO$VVHPEO\WKLVPRQWK6($1&DFWLYLVWVFRPHMRLQPHWKLVPRQWK IRU1RUWK&DUROLQD2UJDQL]HU&RUSV 12& WUDLQLQJDQG6($1&ÂśV/REE\'D\RQ-XQH $V RQH SURYHUE JRHV Âł6RPH SHRSOH PDNH WKLQJV KDSSHQ VRPH ZDWFK WKLQJV KDSSHQ ZKLOH RWKHUV ZRQGHU ZKDW KDV KDSSHQHG´  :HOO 6($1& PHPEHUV KDYH VKRZQ WKURXJK WKHLU WLUHOHVV dedication on health care that we are indeed activists making big things happen around the nation and here in North Carolina. I am so proud that our SEANC activists are making things happen.

PUBLIC POLICY

National health insurance reform will bring real protections and key beneďŹ ts that take effect this year. 1. Lifetime limits and restricted annual limits on coverage are eliminated.  ,IZHJHWVLFNLQVXUDQFH companies canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drop us. 3. Our children can stay covered under our policy until the age of 26.  2XUFKLOGUHQFDQÂśWEHGHQLHG care because of a pre-existing condition. 5. Our parents will be paying less for their prescriptions. 6. All new plans must cover preventive screenings and  LPPXQL]DWLRQV 7. Tax credits will be available for small businesses who offer coverage.

dcope@seanc.org

July 2009

PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS

PHOTO BY ERICA BALDWIN

SEANC hosts a dozen health reform town hall meetings across the state; several congressmen, including Rep. Bob Etheridge, speak at the forums.

SEIU International grants funds for SEANC member organizers to hold state legislators accountable for their State Health Plan vote and to educate members on national health insurance reform.

August-September 2009

SEANC District 39 member Shoshana Serxner shows support for Rep. Etheridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pro-health reform stance.

SEANC launches www.stopbcbs.com to call on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. to stop using health care dollars to fund anti-reform efforts.

March 2010

November 2009

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY MARY ADELAIDE BELL

December 2008January 2009 SEANC members visit nine North Carolina congressmen, including Rep. G.K. ButterďŹ eld, to ask for their support of health care reform.

July 2009

August 2009

SEANC members and health care advocates protest outside of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C., which spent big dollars trying to block health insurance reform.

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

March 2010

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

PHOTO BY TONY BOOE

More than 200 SEANC members go to Washington, D.C. in support of health insurance reform.

SEANC joins the Organizing for America health care tour, where District 42 member Regenia Melvin talks to SEANC member organizers after the rally in Raleigh.

THE REPORTER MAY 2010

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THE REPORTER MAY 2010

THE REPORTER MAY 2010 *Incumbents. Italicized names are SEANC members. 13 21 28 3 7

Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren R. Benjamin Clark III (D) Hoke, Robeson Lula Crenshaw (D) Cumberland Gladys Robinson (D) Guilford Frankie Bordeaux (D) Doug Berger* (D)

Dist. Candidate (Party)

Counties

North Carolina Senate 20 33 39 41 41 43 47 55 58 61 70 94 99 115

TONI DAVIS

Ken Waddell (D) Brunswick, Columbus Bernard Allen II (D) Wake Jeanne Bonds (D) Wake Chris Heagarty* (D) Wake Tom Murry (R) Wake Elmer Floyd* (D) Cumberland Charles Graham (D) Robeson Fred Foster Jr. (D) Durham, Person Alma Adams* (D) Guilford John Faircloth (R) Guilford Pat Hurley* (R) Randolph Shirley Randleman* (R) Wilkes Rodney Moore (D) Mecklenburg Mark Crawford (R) Buncombe Counties

North Carolina House

how you are working to keep our neighborhoods safe and how you are keeping the roads drivable so that people can get to work. I have worked for North Carolina for 21 years and suffered along with other career employees WKURXJK \HDUV ZLWK QR SD\ LQFUHDVHV ZKLOH ZH EXLOW EULGJHV WR QRZKHUH DQG RYHUSULFHG ÂżVKLQJ SLHUVEXWHQRXJKLVHQRXJK,ZDQWWRHQFRXUDJH each of you to attend this lobby day. :H 6($1& DUH WKH UHFRJQL]HG YRLFH RI VWDWH HPSOR\HHV :H FRQWLQXH WR JURZ EXW ZH must continue to have legislators stand up and WDNH QRWLFH WKDW ZH FDQQRW QRU ZLOO QRW DFFHSW another health insurance increase to our monthly bills. We endorsed and helped elect over half of WKHOHJLVODWLYHERG\DQGQRZLWLVWLPHIRUWKHP to hear from us loud and clear â&#x20AC;&#x201C; represent those ZKRKHOSHGJHW\RXHOHFWHGRUÂżQGDQRWKHUFDUHHU 7KHVHDUHWKLQJVWKDW,WKLQNDERXWHYHU\GD\EXW now is the time for us to stop talking and start acting. Now I know that people are pressed for everything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially time and money. I have KHDUGSHRSOHVD\Âł,FDQÂśWDIIRUGWRWDNHWKHGD\RII WRJRWR5DOHLJK´%XW,KDYHWRWHOO\RXSHRSOH we cannot afford not to attend. So go to the SEANC Web site and sign up for lobby day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the talkers to take action.

seanc_d4@yahoo.com

mbell@seanc.org

Jimmy Davis of District 4 urges every SEANC member to take action by attending lobby day. PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS

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Endorsement Process RALEIGH Âą 7KH (PSOR\HHV 3ROLWLFDO$FWLRQ &RPPLWWHH (03$&  D VXEVLGLDU\ RI 6($1& PHW RQ 0DUFK  DQG YRWHG WR PDNH  endorsements for the 2010 North Carolina General Assembly May  SULPDU\ HOHFWLRQV 7HQ RI WKH  HQGRUVHG FDQGLGDWHV DUH 6($1& members. Âł7KH (03$& HQGRUVHPHQW PHDQV WKH ZRUOG WR PH ,W WHOOV PH P\ ZRUNDWWKH'09ZDVYDOXHGE\P\IHOORZHPSOR\HHV,IHOHFWHG,ZLOO EHDFFHVVLEOHDQGDFFRXQWDEOHWRWKHSHRSOHZKRSXWPHLQRIÂżFHDQG, ZLOOZRUNWRUHSHDO*6Â&#x2020;ÂąWKHVWDWXWHWKDWSURKLELWVSXEOLFHPSOR\HHFROOHFWLYHEDUJDLQLQJ´ VDLG6($1&PHPEHU)UHG)RVWHUDUHWLUHG'LYLVLRQRI0RWRU9HKLFOHVRIÂżFHUUXQQLQJIRU+RXVH 'LVWULFW ,QDGGLWLRQWRUHYLHZLQJDQGHQGRUVLQJVWDWHZLGHFDQGLGDWHV(03$&YRWHGWRHVWDEOLVKDSURFHVV to endorse in federal House and Senate races. The committee also voted to conduct general election LQWHUYLHZVLQWKHXSFRPLQJ866HQDWHUDFH2Q0D\YRWHUVLQWKH'HPRFUDWLFSULPDU\ZLOOGHFLGH ZKHWKHU6HFUHWDU\RI6WDWH(ODLQH0DUVKDOOD6($1&PHPEHURUIRUPHUVWDWHUHSUHVHQWDWLYH&DO Cunningham will compete for the Senate seat currently held by Richard Burr.

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Primed to Vote: EMPAC Endorses 10 SEANC Members in May 4 Primary

As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m driving alone on the back roads of Gaston &RXQW\IRUP\MREDVDVXUYHLOODQFHRIÂżFHU,KDYH plenty of time to think. I think about whether or not the probationer that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m about to visit has a GRJVR,DOZD\VUHPHPEHUWRWDSWKHKRUQEHIRUH, get out of the car. I think about whether or not the probationerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family members will yell at me as I go about my job making sure their loved one has made curfew. I think about these people a lot â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all 82 of them. I also think about what it would be like to KDYH RQH MRE Âą QRW D MRE EXW RQH MRE , KDWH WR VD\LWEXWP\RQHMREZRUNLQJIRUWKH'LYLVLRQRI Community Corrections doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay all my bills and my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college tuition. So I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just work one job or even two jobs. I work any odd job ÂąFXWWLQJJUDVVVSUHDGLQJPXOFKÂąZKDWHYHU,FDQ to make a dollar. 7KLVEULQJVPHWR6($1&ÂśV/REE\'D\RQ-XQH  ,ÂśP JRLQJ DQG , ZDQW \RX WR MRLQ PH 7KLV LV P\ UHDOLW\ P\ VWRU\ ,WÂśV LPSRUWDQW EXW LWÂśV RQO\ one story. We need to tell hundreds of stories. We must tell our elected leaders about the services we SURYLGH DQG ZK\ WKH\ DUH LPSRUWDQW WR HYHU\RQH including our own families. Legislators need to understand that we as state employees deserve better than to be forced to work two jobs to make ends meet or struggle to get from paycheck to paycheck. We continue to see our out-of-pocket costs DVVRFLDWHG ZLWK LQVXUDQFH VN\URFNHW ZKLOH WKH executives at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina continually see million-dollar salaries. We must let our elected leaders in the Senate and House hear from us. We have already heard that the likelihood of a raise this year is not in the SLFWXUH EXW WKH GHPDQGV IRU VHUYLFHV ZH SURYLGH continue to increase as well as the workload of each employee. If state employees do not show that we are GLVVDWLVÂżHG ZLWK WKH ODFN RI UDLVHV VN\URFNHWLQJ insurance costs and more demands being placed RQ XV DW ZRUN WKHQ ZH FDQ H[SHFW PRUH RI WKH same. I have also heard people stating that they are XQFRPIRUWDEOH WDONLQJ WR OHJLVODWRUV:HOO OHW PH WHOO \RX WKHVH IRONV SXW WKHLU SDQWV RQ RQH OHJ DW DWLPHMXVWOLNH\RXDQG,GRDQG\RXGRQÂśWKDYH to speak to them as though you have a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GHJUHH,XUJH\RXWREHRSHQXSIURQWDQGKRQHVW DERXWKRZ\RXDUHVWUXJJOLQJWRPDNHHQGVPHHW

2Q0DUFKWKH1RUWK&DUROLQD6XSUHPH&RXUW heard oral arguments in SEANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public records ODZVXLW DJDLQVW WKH 'HSDUWPHQW RI 6WDWH 7UHDVXUHU and former State Treasurer Richard Moore. $WLVVXHZDVZKHWKHURUQRW6($1&KDGÂżOHGÂłD FODLP XSRQ ZKLFK UHOLHI FDQ EH JUDQWHG´ NQRZQ LQ OHJDOFLUFOHVDVD E  PRWLRQWRGLVPLVVUHIHUULQJ to a section of the North Carolina Rules of Civil 3URFHGXUHZKHQWKHDVVRFLDWLRQVXHGIRUPHU7UHDVXUHU Moore under the Public Records Act. SEANC filed the lawsuit in February 2008 following nearly a year of incomplete answers to public UHFRUGVUHTXHVWV,Q0DUFKDQG2FWREHURI6($1& made public records requests following a slew of media WKDW UDLVHG ÂłSD\WRSOD\´ TXHVWLRQV UHJDUGLQJ WKH VWDWH pension fund. Numerous articles in local and national media questioned whether Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investment practices could have been politically motivated. He was the sole trustee of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s then $75 billion pension fund. SEANC is supported in its appeal by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) and WKH1RUWK&DUROLQD3UHVV$VVRFLDWLRQ 1&3$ ZKRVH members make public records requests similar to 6($1&ÂśV ZLWK D )ULHQG RI WKH &RXUW EULHI ,Q WKHLU EULHI 1&3$ DQG 1&$% DUJXH WKDW LI OLPLWHG E\ WKH W\SHRISXEOLFUHFRUGVUHTXHVWVWKH\DUHDEOHWRPDNH ÂłLQFOXGLQJGLVFORVXUHVRIGRFXPHQWVUHSRUWHUVEHOLHYH H[LVWEXWFDQQRWOLVWE\QDPHDWWKHSOHDGLQJVWDJHWKH publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge of its government will suffer.â&#x20AC;? Âł7KLV DSSHDO LV LPSRUWDQW EHFDXVH WKH UHFRUGV sought will help SEANC determine if investment decisions were possibly based on politics rather than WKHEHVWLQWHUHVWRIUHWLUHPHQWV\VWHPPHPEHUV´VDLG SEANC General Counsel Tom Harris. 1RPDWWHUWKHRXWFRPHRIWKLVFDVHLWÂśVFOHDUWKDW1RUWK &DUROLQDQHHGVWRHQGWKHVROHÂżGXFLDU\V\VWHPZKHUH one person makes all the investment decisions. Less than DKDQGIXORIVWDWHVVWLOOXVHDVROHÂżGXFLDU\WRRYHUVHH their pension funds. SEANC has been the leading voice WRPRYH1RUWK&DUROLQDIURPDVROHÂżGXFLDU\V\VWHP WR RQH ZKHUH D ERDUG PDNHV LQYHVWPHQW GHFLVLRQV thus eliminating the likelihood of investment-related favoritism or political gain. The decision from the Supreme Court is expected in the coming year. Stay tuned for the results as SEANC FRQWLQXHVWREHDZDWFKGRJIRU\RXUUHWLUHPHQWEHQHÂżWV Previously the North Carolina Court of Appeals UXOHGDJDLQVW6($1&LQDGHFLVLRQLQ1RYHPEHU saying those requesting public records should list the documents by name. The decision was perplexing to SEANC attorneys who prepared documents asking IRUVSHFLÂżFGRFXPHQWVWKDWWKHDVVRFLDWLRQKDG\HWWR UHFHLYH$VDUHVXOW6($1&ÂśV%RDUGRI*RYHUQRUV voted to appeal that ruling during its November meeting.

BY JIMMY DAVIS, DISTRICT 4 CHAIRMAN

Stop Talking, Start Acting: See you at Lobby Day June 8

BY

MARY ADELAIDE BELL

Public Records Suit Heads to Supreme Court

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