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• Vol. 32, Issue 6
Pay Raises Top General Assembly Session Agenda By Toni Davis SEANC Director of Communications
Teacher pay raises, teacher pay raises and more teacher pay raises. No state employee, parent or grandparent begrudges a teacher raise, but the rising tide for teacher pay increases needs to lift all boats and include all state employees and retirees. And that is precisely the message that SEANC is bringing to the General Assembly when it convenes for the “short” session on May 14. The session promises to be a short one, indeed, with some lawmakers hinting they hope it will last just a few weeks. That’s why SEANC started months ago advocating for a 3-percent acrossthe-board pay increase and costof-living increase for retirees. State employees have had just a 1.2-percent pay increase in six years while prices for everything from food to housing to medicine continue to rise.
SEANC Done With Excuses SEANC isn’t taking no for an answer when it comes to pay raises. Whether it’s Medicaid costs or the need to update buildings, these excuses need to take a back seat to public services and the people who provide them.
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SEANC’s Top 10 Legislative Priorities (as determined by the 2013 Convention)
n Request that the General Assembly fund employee salary compensation prior to considering other appropriations. n Oppose legislation that would remove state employees from the protections of the State Human Resources Act (formerly the State Personnel Act). n SEANC will oppose privatization and downsizing of government services. n SEANC supports continuation of a defined benefit retirement plan for current and future state employees. n Seek to have SEANC continue to protect dues deduction options from being deleted from the North Carolina state payroll. n Seek cost-of-living adjustment for retired state employees in the amount equal to active state employee pay increases. n Seek to re-establish a fully paid individual health care benefit equivalent to the current PPO 80/20 in place as of June 30, 2013, for all qualified active and retired state employees. n Seek policy change and compliance with laws, policies and regulations governing equitable compensation for career state employees in comparison to current and/or future new compensation offers; and further, petition the Office of State Human Resources (formerly the Office of State Personnel) to take corrective action when agencies are found to be non-compliant. n Seek legislative change from the North Carolina State Treasurer serving as sole fiduciary of the retirement system. n Seek employer contribution to the retirement system that will at least match the employee’s contribution.
“No excuse is acceptable this year instead of a raise,” said SEANC President Sidney M. Sandy. “After six years, we need and deserve a meaningful pay raise.” With the legislature returning to Raleigh, now is the time for SEANC members to do their part and start contacting their legislators at 919-733-4111 to request a 3-percent raise and retiree cost-of-living adjustment. firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @ToniCDavis
N.C. Pay Raises Fast Facts
1 105 195 282 88,837
Number of pay raises in the past six years (just 1.2%) Cost in millions of a 3% costof-living adjustment Cost in millions of a 3% pay raise for state employees Cost in millions of turnover because of lack of pay raises in 2011-12 Number of SHRA employees
Director’s Message By Dana Cope
SEANC Executive Director
North Carolina is Long Overdue for Pay Raises
don’t have to tell you that North Carolina’s state employees and retirees are long overdue for pay increases. All you have to do is look at your paycheck each month. But if you need some statistics for proof when you talk to your representatives in the General Assembly, consider this: At least 27 states have already committed to giving their state employees raises of some sort this year, and it’s only April. That’s more than half. Those increases vary from small Cope to large, but they are increases. For example, Pennsylvania, a similarly sized state to ours in population and economy, will give all its state employees a 6-percent increase over the next 18 months. We haven’t had any raise near that since 2006. All four of our neighboring states – Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and, yes, even South Carolina – have plans for pay increases as well. Oklahoma is giving a 14 to 20-percent increase to its state troopers alone. Michigan, Louisiana, Missouri and Massachusetts also are among the group giving raises. And yet, in North Carolina, politicians have already begun backpeddling on their promises earlier this year to increase pay for state employees and teachers. As the General Assembly returns later this month, a real fight is looming to get state employees and retirees the pay increases they deserve. Public Service Recognition Week (May 4 – 10) The NC Society of Certified Public Managers (NCSCPM) & the Research Triangle Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) commend all state employees for their outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to the citizens of North Carolina.
Contact information: www.ncscpm.org, www.aspanet.org
The Reporter • May 2014
It’s a challenge we welcome, though, because the truth is on our side. Just a few short years ago, the economy was in the tank. Politicians used that as an excuse to neglect us. They stopped prioritizing public services and the people who provide them, and our state suffered. Then, just as the economy started to turn the corner, they turned to the Medicaid shortfall excuse. Projections say that this year, the state will have to come up with at least $120 million for Medicaid. But that’s not our fault. Now consider this: It cost the state $282 million to train new workers for various state jobs that were vacated in 2011-12 because the state failed to give raises. That’s more than enough to pay for a 3-percent raise for all state employees and retirees. So instead of giving raises that year, politicians decided to gamble on whether or not you would work for less, since prices aren’t getting any cheaper. And they lost. Not giving raises to hardworking state employees is bad policy all around. It costs us, but it also costs the rest of the state and the taxpayers. email@example.com, Twitter @DanaDCope
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PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY DALE SANDY
SEANC President Sidney M. Sandy and other members attended a fundraiser for EMPAC-endorsed N.C. Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph) in Asheboro on April 3. At left, Sandy stands with N.C. Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry. Above, Sandy stands with Hurley and District 17 member Dan Efird.
On April 10 at Western Piedmont Community College, Western Regional Rep. Tony Smith of District 5 met with the Western Region chairmen and members.
The Reporter • May 2014
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District 65 raised more than $3,000 for the Pitt County Relay for Life on April 4-5 at South Central High School in Winterville. Pictured are team members Alesia Warren, Debbie Austin, Stasia Austin, Deanne Smith, Inga Jones, Joanie Tyson, Martha Latham, Adorian Bell, Dorothy Andrews, Neichelle Bell, District 65 Chairwoman Gloria Evans (front) Tanya Cannon, Lynn Tuthill, Tiasia Andrews, Haley Clayborne and Seth Tuthill.
District 65 members prepared a meal for families visiting loved ones who are patients at the local Vidant Medical Center at the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville on March 26. Pictured from left are members Lynn Tuthill, Linda Nelson, Linda Stepps, Joanie Tyson, Bill Dawson, Camilla Dawson and Debbie Austin.
North Central Region Representative Chairman Alfred Johnson and District 42 member Deborah Melvin-Willis delivered 50 Easter baskets to preschoolers at The Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh on April 10.
SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope was honored recently by the N.C. Association for Workforce Professionals with the International Association for Workforce Professionals Public Policy Award at the group’s annual convention in Wilmington on April 4.
PHOTO BY MATTHEW WHITTLE
PHOTO BY MATTHEW WHITTLE
Quotes to Note
“The bottom line is you can’t lose a third of your program and think you can have the same kind of services. It’s just impossible.” District 20 member Beverly Bizzell in an April 5 column by Ned Barnett in the News & Observer on cuts to the Oral Health Division of DHHS titled, “The ache of lost dental care in N.C.”
“That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to stop the program because in another 10 years you’re going to be right back where you were.” District 17 member Carol Foster in the same column.
“I think these 22 candidates clearly ... have exhibited their commitment to prioritizing public service and helping North Carolina remain strong through its public services.” SEANC Political Director Kevin LeCount in a March 31 post on the News & Observer’s Under the Dome blog titled “SEANC backs 21 legislative candidates, picks against 2 incumbents”
“When fees are increasing as fast as ours are, and the value of the fund isn’t going up as fast, then we have a problem,” she said. “It’s become clear to us that performance of the pension is where the problem is.” SEANC Legislative Affairs Director Ardis Watkins in a March 19 story in Financial Advisor Magazine titled, “N.C. Union seeking probe of 400% rise in money management fees” The Reporter • May 2014
District 65’s team consisted of members Debbie Austin, Alicia Simpson, District 65 Chairwoman Gloria Evans, Jackie Caudill and Karen Simmons, as well as friends and family.
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District 66 Chairman Mike Kollock (left) was joined by members Faye Davis and Francisco Duarte on the district’s team.
PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS
The winning team of Carlton Jarman, Edward Thompson, Jackie Minter and John Hines of District 67, Nicole Hunter of District 43 and Jermaine Puryear of District 21.
PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS
PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS
The first-ever SEANC Scholarship Strike-Out Bowl-A-Thon was held April 12 at AMF East Carolina Lanes in Greenville to benefit the SEANC Scholarship Foundation. Thank you to team and lane sponsors Districts 70, 68, 67 66, 65, 63, 61, 56, 42, 39, 26 and 12; Mitch Leonard, Wayne Fish, Sidney Sandy, Law Office of Michael Byrne, Brandwave Ink., Doug Sutton Insurance Services and Colonial Life.
The “Go Fish!” team consisted of EMPAC Statewide Chairman Wayne Fish, Ernest Fleming of District 70, Tannilla Williams of District 69 and Joe Bruton.
PHOTO BY TONI DAVIS
Time To Save! All members of SEANC will receive deep discounts on 1,100 frequently-used products: Paper—Ink—Toner—Furniture—Janitorial supplies SEANC President Sidney M. Sandy (middle) and Treasurer B.J. Jones (second from left) with bowlers including North Central Region Representative Alfred Johnson, District 42 members Betty Gilbert, Willard Young and Shonda Kelly and District 21 member Dianne Carter.
The Reporter • May 2014
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ANNUAL MEETINGS CALENDAR District 1 2 3 4
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Place City Ryan's Steakhouse, 374 Walmart Plaza Sylva Yao Buffet, 153 Smokey Park Highway Asheville LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 165 Hwy 105 Extension Boone Home of Shirley Thompson, 2978 Laura Rd Shelby Western Piedmont Community College Cafeteria Morganton 1001 Burkemont Ave Broughton Hospital Employee Cafeteria Morganton 1000 S. Sterling St J. Iverson Riddle Development Center Gym Morganton 300 Enola Rd Golden Corral, 1917 U.S. 421 Wilkesboro DOT Maintenance Building, 124 Prison Camp Rd Statesville Golden Corral, 1540 U.S. 29 Concord DOT Maintenance Office Polkton 1017 Old Prison Camp Rd Captain's Galley Seafood Restaurant Matthews 11032 E. Independence Blvd (Hwy 74) CPCC, Central Campus, Hall Building Room #304 Charlotte 1112 Charlottetown Ave Winston‐Salem NC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St Golden Corral Family Steakhouse Burlington 3108 Garden Rd Rockingham Pat's Kitchen, Hwy US 74 OWASA, 400 Jones Ferry Rd Carrboro Southern Coastal Plain OSDT Training Complex Raeford 180 Sandhills Dr Stem Camp Braham, Highway Old 75 The Brass Lantern Steak House Dunn 515 Springbranch Rd Dales Seafood, 107 SJK Powell Blvd Whiteville Agricultural Service Center Extension Auditorium, Elizabethtown 450 Smith Circle Rd. Carrboro OWASA, 400 Jones Ferry Rd George Currie Visitation Hall‐Polk C.I. Butner 1001 Veazey Rd Rick's Diner, 3710 Shannon Rd Durham SEANC Central Office ‐ Conference Room C Raleigh
5:30 pm SEANC Central Office ‐ Conference Room AB McKimmon Conference & Training Center 1101 Gorman St DPS Enterprise Conference Room June 12 6:00 pm 2020 Yonkers Rd June 9 Golden Corral June 19 5:30 pm SEANC Central Office ‐ Conference Room A Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar‐B‐Q June 24 5:30 pm 7304 Knighdale Blvd June 17 6:00 pm Logan's, 1000 Timber Dr. E June 5 5:30 pm SEANC Central Office ‐ Conference Room AB 5:30 pm
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SEANC Central Office ‐ Conference Room B Raleigh David's Restaurant, 1011 Roanoke Ave. Roanoke Rapids Parkers BBQ, 2514 U.S. 301 Wilson Wilber's Barbecue, 4172 U.S. 70 Goldsboro Cherry Hospital Conference Room Goldsboro 201 Stevens Mill Rd Village Steakhouse & Pub Restaurant Goldsboro 5662 US Highway 70 E Clinton 19th Street Kitchen, 919 College St Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr. Wilmington Heritage House Restaurant, 1303 S. King St Windsor Greenville Parkers, 3109 S Memorial Dr Greenville G&K Café, 3197 East 10th St. The Folded Napkin, 115 W. North St Kinston New Bern Golden Corral Family Steakhouse, 400 Hotel Dr. Nixon Catering, 749 Virginia Rd Edenton Elizabeth City St. University‐Kermit White Center Elizabeth City 1704 Weeksville Rd The Folded Napkin, 115 W. North St Kinston
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The Reporter • May 2014
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Oral Health section keeps N.C. children smiling By Matthew Whittle
SEANC Communications Specialist
Begun in 1918, North Carolina’s Oral Health program is the oldest dental public health program in the nation, and was created in order to combat the rampant oral health problems in the largely rural state through preventative education. With 37 percent of children entering kindergarten affected by tooth decay, the program aims to teach elementary school children how to care for their teeth. “Access to dental care is one of the biggest unmet health care needs in this state,” said retired state oral hygienist Nancy Ferguson Brown. Unfortunately, state budget cuts are making it harder for the Oral Health section to carry out its mission. Brown, who retired in 2009, speaks on behalf of current employees who fear reprisal if too vocal about those
Nancy Ferguson Brown discusses cuts to DHHS’ Oral Health section with N.C. Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Burke) in 2013.
budget cuts. She said the program more than pays for itself by keeping children out of emergency rooms because of serious and acute oral health problems and away from more expensive dental treatments. And by keeping children from having to deal with such dental emergencies, she said, not only does the oral health program save money in the long run, it also encourages education and economic development.
She explained how the program assesses the condition of children’s teeth, helps parents find dental care, and works with school systems to provide dental sealants and fluoride mouth rinses. “Every week in Burke County somebody stops me on the street and comments how the school dental program helped them keep their teeth,” Brown said. “For many of them, us coming into the classroom was the first time they had ever been exposed to a toothbrush, much less told what to do with it.” But it’s about more than just a pretty smile and fresh breath. It’s also about good overall physical health. “We’re finding more and more that poor oral health is associated with a number of chronic diseases,” she said. “Good dental health is a life skill,” Brown said, adding that it’s important for children to learn good habits early. firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter @mwwhittle