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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop December 3, 2010

Governor's Awards for Excellence On Tuesday, three SEANC members were honored with the Governor’s Awards for Excellence. District 5 member Turner South received the Human Relations award. District 17 member Rodney Trogdon received the Public Service award, and Dick Lankford of District 44 received the Outstanding State Government Service award.

People & Politics SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope and Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca sat down to discuss former Gov. Mike Easley’s recent verdict, SEANC’s Save Our State program and ideas on closing the state’s budget gap. To hear the interview, tune in at 5 p.m. on Sunday to 680 AM WPTF in the Triangle or listen at 11 p.m. on Saturday night to 600 AM WSJS in the Triad.

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SEANC in the News Members of the Future of Retirement Study Commission are recommending changes to the pension plan to allow future employees a 401(k)style option. SEANC President Charles Johnson voted against the recommendation. Legislative Affairs Director Ardis Watkins told the AP the recommendations are "counterproductive to having a retirement system that does what it was intended to do when it was set up, and that's to attract the best and the brightest employees." For more, read SEANC in the News.

Member Discount Want to show your children what Woody and Buzz Lightyear can do on ice skates? Disney on Ice’s Toy Story 3 will be stopping at the RBC Center Dec. 812. Order tickets through SEANC’s Member Discount program, and save up to 50 percent!

SEANC Hot Spots: Legislative Update Member Discounts SEANC in the News SEANC Insurance Update Your Contact Info Calendar of Events www.seanc.org 800-222-2758


State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop December 10, 2010

Obama’s visit to Winston-Salem On Monday, SEANC members Sarah McDonald, Betty Jones, Angela Lyght, Inetha Cousin and Monty Hickman were invited to hear President Obama speak at Forsyth Technical Community College. McDonald told Fox News 8 that "The President today was awesome. His vision was in line with our vision of trying to retain work, employees and employers."

SEANC Reacts to Gov. Perdue’s Reorganization Proposal On Thursday, Gov. Perdue issued an initial proposal for the General Assembly to consider – a proposal that moves a few departments into different boxes on an organization chart and privatizes some state services with the goal to close the state’s $3.7 billion budget gap.

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Left untouched were changes to education which is 60 percent of the state budget. SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope and President Charles Johnson addressed the proposal. Johnson told WRAL, "You can’t just downsize the state and say ‘OK, this is going to work.'" Cope responded to NBC 17, ABC 11 and the Associated Press. Cope said to the Associated Press, "She didn’t really tackle the real issue of our budget deficit."

SEANC in the News An op-ed written by Dana Cope appeared in Monday’s edition of the News & Observer. Cope discussed ideas for closing the state’s budget shortfall and warnings on cutting vital public services. Follow the link to read more.

Carolina Newsmakers Dana Cope spoke to Don Curtis of Carolina Newsmakers about the State Health Plan, North Carolina’s retirement system and the governor’s budget proposal. The interview will air statewide throughout the weekend. Listen to Cope on Carolina Newsmakers.

Member Discount The holidays are quickly approaching, time to finish that shopping! Use Purchasing Power to buy computers and other electronics and pay with ease through pension or payroll deduction. Visit the Purchasing Power website for more details!

SEANC Hot Spots: Legislative Update Member Discounts SEANC in the News SEANC Insurance Update Your Contact Info Calendar of Events www.seanc.org 800-222-2758


State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop December 17, 2010

SEANC in the News SEANC member Lynn McGarrah from District 38 was quoted in a WRAL story about Gov. Perdue’s budget reorganization suggestions, including a proposal to privatize state information technology services. McGarrah, who has worked as a state IT specialist for 20 years, said she questions the accountability of the private sector, adding "We don’t serve a stockholder. We serve the citizens of North Carolina."

Perdue Shares Budget Ideas On Thursday, Gov. Perdue released additional ideas for addressing the state budget deficit. She said she is considering privatizing the state Alcoholic Beverage Control system and added that she wouldn't dismiss legalizing and regulating video poker. The budget shortfall is projected to be $3.7 billion for the upcoming fiscal year. Perdue will submit a two-year budget proposal next year.

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Scholarship Foundation SEANC scholarship applications are now available online. Information is posted on the SEANC website. Questions can be directed to Renee Vaughan at rvaughan@seanc.org. The deadline to apply is April 15.

SEANC Hot Spots: Member Discount Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to North Carolina. The show runs in Asheville on Dec. 21 and Durham on Dec. 22. SEANC members can save up to $80! More information is available on the SEANC website.

Legislative Update Member Discounts SEANC in the News SEANC Insurance Update Your Contact Info Calendar of Events www.seanc.org 800-222-2758


State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop December 22, 2010

SEANC Visits the Governor's Mansion On Tuesday, the SEANC Board of Governors welcomed back a time-honored tradition of being invited to the governor’s mansion for a holiday social. Gov. Perdue hosted SEANC's leadership to talk about the upcoming year and enjoy the mansion’s holiday decorations. Pictures can be viewed on the SEANC Facebook page.

Perdue Cuts Agency Budgets 2.5% To help offset next year's $3.7 billion budget deficit, Perdue ordered all state agencies under her control to cut 2.5 percent off their budgets. For more information, click here.

The SEANC Central Office will be closed on Dec. 23, 24, 27 and 31. The Scoop will return the first Friday in January. Have a safe and happy holiday season! Are you receiving this email as a forward? Sign up for SEANC's e-mail alerts to receive your own copy!

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Retirement Systems Update Beginning Jan. 1, active state employees have the ability to transfer N.C. 401(k) and N.C. Deferred Compensation (457) funds at retirement for a lifetime benefit. Click here for more information.

SEIU Scholarships It's scholarship application time! SEANC members and their children are eligible for the SEIU Scholarship Program, which awards 51 scholarships annually. More information is available on the SEIU website and the deadline to apply is March 1.

Member Discount The Greatest Show on Earth is coming to Raleigh! Don’t miss the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the RBC Center Feb. 9-13. SEANC members can get discounts by ordering from the website. Orders received after Jan. 21 may be held at the Will Call ticket office.

SEANC Hot Spots: Legislative Update Member Discounts SEANC in the News SEANC Insurance Update Your Contact Info Calendar of Events www.seanc.org 800-222-2758

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