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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop July 1, 2011

Legislative Update In this week's Legislative Update, SEANC reviews the recently-concluded legislative session as it pertains to key state employee issues. Five of SEANC's Top Ten Policy Platform Objectives were accomplished this session and are also discussed this week. Learn more about what happened this session as it concerns you as a state employee or

The new term life insurance product advertised last week is for members who have joined SEANC since June 1.

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Save the Date - State Budget Briefings Come to an exclusive briefing by SEANC staff for SEANC members! Three budget briefings will be held across the state – on July 14 in Morganton, July 19 in Greenville and July 26 in Raleigh. Be on the lookout soon for an email with more details.

Member Discount Does your car need an oil change or tire rotation? Save 15 percent on services (excluding state inspections) at more than 48 Jiffy Lube locations across the state. More details and locations are available on the SEANC website.

Happy 4th of July The SEANC Central Office will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.

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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop July 8, 2011 Quick Links: Exclusive State Budget Briefings SEANC’s Western Region Budget Briefing is being held Thursday, July 14, at 6 p.m. at Western Piedmont Community College's Leviton Auditorium in Morganton. Come hear from SEANC staff about the actual impact of the state budget, changes to the SHP, retirement system funding and more. Please contact Kevin LeCount at klecount@seanc.org or 800-222-2758 with questions.

SEIU Members Share Information State correctional officers and SEANC staff hosted fellow SEIU members from the Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO) SEIU Local 526M at the SEANC Central Office on Thursday. MCO members are investigating the move to 12-hour shifts in Michigan prisons and came to discuss how North Carolina made that same transition.

Awards Deadline Draws Near Do you have an outstanding district or district chairperson? How about a district member or someone whose service and dedication sets him or her far above the rest? If so, submit nominations for a SEANC award! The Awards Committee is accepting nominations until July 23 and judging will be in early August. All awards will be given out during the annual convention.

Member Discount SEANC members can now sign up for discounted membership at BJ's Wholesale Club! Save $10 and receive two months free when you sign up for an annual membership. More details are available on SEANC’s website.

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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop Good News in the General Assembly! On Wednesday the Senate unanimously overrode SB 781, a bill that would have made it possible for the State Personnel Commission to overturn a judge’s decision on state employees’ personnel cases. The bill will head to the House next, which is scheduled to convene Monday. SEANC will keep you posted on the results.

July 15, 2011

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Exclusive Budget Briefings SEANC’s Western Region Budget Briefing was held Thursday in Morganton. SEANC Executive Dana Cope briefed more than 40 SEANC members about the actual impact of the state budget, changes to the State Health Plan, retirement system funding and more. The next budget briefing will be in Greenville on Tuesday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the Brody Medical Science Building Auditorium. Please contact Kevin LeCount at klecount@seanc.org or 800-222-2758 with questions.

Non-Member Retiree Luncheon SEANC’s Member Action Department hosted a luncheon for more than 50 non-member retirees in Wake County on Thursday. SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope provided attendees with a legislative update, and Lobbyist Mitch Leonard spoke about the State Health Plan. Please contact Sophie Brauns at sbrauns@seanc.org or 800-2222758 if you’d like to host a retiree luncheon in your area.

Job Opening! There is a job vacancy in the Member Action Department for the Western region member action coordinator. To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter by July 25 to jobs010@seanc.org.

Member Discount Don't feel like cooking tonight? Visit Golden Corral restaurant. SEANC members receive 10 percent off at the endless buffet that features a variety of delicious favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop Legislative Update

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SB 781, allows a judge, not a state agency, to have the final determination when a state worker and state agency have a dispute. The governor vetoed SB 781 and the Senate unanimously overrode the veto last week. Call your House member today and ask them to override the veto of SB 781.

Exclusive Budget Briefing The Raleigh budget briefing will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the SEANC Central Office. SEANC’s Eastern Region Budget Briefing was Tuesday in Greenville. Executive Director Dana Cope spoke with more than 50 members about SEANC’s legislative victories, governance changes to the State Health Plan, full funding of the retirement system and more. Please contact Kevin LeCount at klecount@seanc.org or 800-222-2758 with questions.

SHP - Follow-Up Enrollment Due to changes made to the SHP during the legislative session, a follow-up enrollment is underway until July 29. During this enrollment period, you have the opportunity to change your plan coverage and add or drop eligible dependents. If you are happy with the plan you signed up for during the initial enrollment period in May and June, no action is necessary. For more, read this article.

Convention Memorial Service Each year at the annual SEANC convention, a memorial service is held to remember those members who are no longer with us. If you know a SEANC member that you would like to honor who has passed away since September 2010, please send an email to Daniel Pate at dpate@seanc.org by Aug. 19. Please include a photograph of the member and the SEANC remembrance presentation form.

Member Discount Planning a trip to an amusement park? SEANC has the best available prices! Save up to 40 percent at Kings Dominion, Carowinds, NASCAR Speedpark, Myrtle Waves, Pavilion Nostalgia, Busch Gardens and Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe. Tickets are on sale at any State Employees’ Credit Union branch or by using the SEANC ticket order form.

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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop July 29, 2011 Legislative Update The House trumped the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 781 on Tuesday following the Senate’s example from July 13. The bill allows a judge, instead of a state agency, to have the final determination when a state worker and state agency have a dispute. After adjourning on Thursday, the General Assembly will begin session again on Sept. 12. Click here to see what topics will be discussed.

Theme Park Ticket Order Form Reminder! Today is the deadline for State Health Plan open enrollment.

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SEANC Member on SHP Board SEANC congratulates District 22 Chairwoman Michele Shaw of Lillington on her appointment to the State Health Plan (SHP) board of trustees. We look forward to Shaw advocating for state employees and retirees and giving plan members an equal voice in SHP decisions.

Board of Governors Update The BOG held its meeting last weekend at the SEANC Central Office where they adopted the annual budget, discussed convention updates and reported on SEANC victories in the General Assembly. More details are available in the latest edition of the Spotlight.

Member Discount Are expensive car rentals standing in the way of you and a well-deserved summer vacation? Save up to 25 percent on car rentals from Alamo, Budget, Avis and Hertz. Visit the SEANC Perks website for more information.

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