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State Employees Association of North Carolina, SEIU Local 2008 P.O. Drawer 27727, Raleigh, NC • www.seanc.org 800-222-2758 • 919-833-6436 • Circulation 55,000

September 2012

• Vol. 30, Issue 9

Victories Highlight SEANC’s Influence Working Families, Public Services and Safety Protected by

Toni Davis

SEANC Communications Director

After hard work during this legislative session, the association scored numerous victories on behalf of public services and the people who provide them. Six of these victories are noted as achieved 2011 Policy Platform Objectives.

Pay Raise Secured

After an initial House budget proposal contained no pay raise, SEANC secured a 1.2-percent pay raise in the final budget.

Bonus Leave Victory

SEANC won five days bonus vacation leave for state employees in FY 2012-2013.

Retiree COLA Achieved

After an initial House budget contained no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retirees, SEANC secured a 1-percent increase in the final budget.

State Health Plan (SHP) Whistleblowers Protected

Legislation was enacted prohibiting retaliation by any employer against an employee who reports SHP waste, fraud or misappropriation of funds.

Worker Privacy Preserved

SEANC protected state workers’ personnel files, including performance evaluations, from being made public.

Jobs Saved

SEANC worked with House and Senate leaders to stop a proposal to privatize over 2,000 inmate health care jobs in the Department of Public Safety (DPS) just weeks before the bid was to be awarded and state employee jobs lost. There was no time to wait for a budget bill to fix this, so SEANC met with legislative leaders and DPS was ordered not to privatize these jobs in the first significant appropriations bill to go through the chamber (SB 797) in the 2012 legislative session.

Privatization Blocked

The N.C. Zoological Park was slated for privatization this year. SEANC lobbyists worked to make sure employees at the zoo would not be forgotten in this debate, particularly those with significant state service. At the end of the day, legislative leaders backed off plans to privatize the zoo.

Career Growth Maintained The legislative practice of granting the career growth component as a bonus for employees who are at the top of their salary range continued.

Worker Rights Maintained

Despite a multi-year lobbying effort from the university system to remove 22,000 university employees from the State Personnel Act and their rights under it, SEANC succeeded in holding back that effort once again and protected the workers.

Retirement Fully Funded For the second year in a row, SEANC fought to make sure the retirement system was fully funded. This year the state contributed 8.33 percent.

Vacation Accrual Rate Increased SEANC successfully lobbied the Office of State Personnel for an increase in the vacation accrual rate for state employees.

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PUBLIC POLICY

DENR Secretary Lauds SEANC Initiative Surveys cited training, communication as top employee concerns by Jonathan

Owens

PHOTO BY JONATHAN OWENS

The need for more training and better communication SEANC Communications Specialist topped the employees’ concerns according to the survey. Ellis and Horton also told officials the surveys showed An important meeting occurred on July 12, as employees the department needs to better incorporate technology — at the North Carolina Department of Environment and smartphones, wiki pages and others — into workers’ daily Natural Resources (DENR) took part in the first-ever activities. Facilitated Management and Employee Process (FMAEP) Cobb told the group of a virtual training program meeting at the department’s headquarters in Raleigh. now in the works for all state employees from her office. FMAEP, previously known as “Meet and Confer,” is The “Learning Management System” will hopefully be a direct result of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Executive Order implemented by December, she said, and will link all parts 45 and provides an opportunity for employee associations of state government to a single system for trainings, which who represent at least 20 percent of the workforce in an will streamline the process. executive branch the opportunity to meet with agency Edwards said training is important not only to enhance heads on “… areas of mutual concern, including ways the employee’s career, but the state’s workforce in general. of improving employeeSpecifically, she mentioned management cooperation, using retired DENR ways of more efficiently and employees as resources and cost effectively delivering employees training each high quality services to the other on their specific tasks, public, and the terms and so more than one person can conditions of employment.” do a job. The meeting followed “Cross training benefits all tremendous response from of us,” she said. “The state DENR employees to a gets another set of hands.” survey conducted by SEANC Freeman said his on working conditions department would take the within the department. Of District 38 member Eric Ellis (third from left) and District 47 FMAEP survey findings member Jeff Horton (right) presented data gathered from the approximately 2,600 surveys to DENR Secretary Dee Freeman and Office of State seriously. DENR employees, more Personnel Interim Director Ann Cobb. District 60 member Kim “This has shown that our than 900 voluntarily filled Edwards also participated. SEANC Member Strength Director employees are some of the out the survey, which asked Kevin LeCount (second from left) and Intergovernmental best and most committed in Liaison Linda Rouse Sutton (left) joined the meeting as well. employees to rate their top state government,” Freeman concerns involving their said. “That is evident by the workplace. amount of work that has gone on just with this survey. In District 38 member Eric Ellis and District 47 member terms of training, I think you’re right on. And we have to Jeff Horton, both of DENR, presented the data gathered embrace technology as well.” from the surveys to senior leadership including DENR SEANC members will meet with DENR leadership in Secretary Dee Freeman and Office of State Personnel mid-September to follow up on the July meeting. FMAEP Interim Director Ann Cobb. District 60 member Kim efforts are under way in several other state agencies, Edwards also participated. including the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Division “This is something that is unique to FMAEP,” Ellis told of Motor Vehicles and the N.C. Department of Health the group. “It’s important this is not just complaining. I and Human Services. really feel like this process brought the best in DENR to jowens@seanc.org the table. We’re here to try to improve on it.”

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PUBLIC POLICY

New Law Protects State Health Plan Whistleblowers SEANC fought for law as a means to save members money by cutting costs by

Cary Edgar

SEANC Asst. Communications Director

After a whistleblower lawsuit brought against a former administrative director of Winston-Salem’s N.C. Baptist Hospital was dropped last fall, a bill started moving through the N.C. House in an effort to protect future state employees who reveal potential problems within the State Health Plan (SHP). House Bill 244 was signed into law on July 17 by Gov. Beverly Perdue, and serves to protect the overall financial well-being of the SHP. This law continues SEANC’s work toward long-term reform for the plan. The story began when former Baptist Hospital employee Joseph Vincoli discovered and notified SHP officials and legislators in January 2009 that the state had overpaid the hospital for health care services. He was later terminated. The hospital has not admitted wrongdoing. Despite that argument, a state audit revealed that the SHP overpaid Baptist Hospital $1.34 million over a five-year period.

Vincoli now works for the state and is a proud member of District 42. Specifically, the bill prohibits a SHP contract from limiting an employee’s or contractor’s ability to report wrongdoing. It provides specific whistleblower protection to any person, not just state employees, who reports potential fraud or misconduct to the plan. The bill also prevents employees from being sued, discharged, threatened or discriminated against by an employer or its employees. “This victory is social justice. We’re pleased that the General Assembly has realized that state whistleblowers deserve protection from retaliation,” said SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope. “When given a choice to turn a blind eye, Joe Vincoli did the right thing. That demonstrates the value of workers who also act as good stewards of the taxpaying public.”

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PUBLIC POLICY

Quotes to Note

“After promising these raises in last year’s budget, the Senate has chosen to keep their word. A one-time bonus [was] no substitute for a base pay raise, which would be a greater benefit for employees in the long-term for compensation and retirement benefits.”

“Folks, every time I hear the words ‘public-private partnership,’ I reach for my wallet. As a taxpayer, I have to say no! We’ve already bought a zoo, thank you very much, and if you can’t man up to the job, sir, then it’s time to put out to pasture with the other animals.”

SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope, referring to the political wrangling that took place in final budget negotiations to secure a pay raise for hardworking state employees, in a June 11 WRAL story “State Budget Doesn’t Buffer Schools”

District 17 member Dan Efird, criticizing recent efforts of N.C. Zoological Park Director Dr. David Jones to privatize its operations, in a July 29 letter to the editor of the Asheboro Courier-Tribune

“The budget was turning into a huge game of chicken between the House and Senate, and teachers and state employees were political pawns.” N.C. House Rep. Darren G. Jackson (D-Wake), talking about his reason for voting to join Republican lawmakers and override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of the state budget, which ultimately paved the way for state employees and retirees to receive their first pay increase in four years, in a July 3 News & Observer article “Deals Marked End of Session”

“Smart organizations, like SEANC, sensed an opportunity to better the lot of their members, seeking Democrat support for an additional five days of leave in the upcoming year as a chip in the override discussions.” State Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R-Forsyth) praising SEANC’s efforts to work with both political parties on this year’s state budget, in a July 5 newsletter to constituents

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“SEANC worked with both sides of the political aisle; House Reps. Darren Jackson, Marcus Brandon and Marian McLawhorn were crucial in this effort to give active state employees five additional days of paid leave.” District 5 Chairman Johnny Burnette, District 6 Chairman Wayne Freeman and District 7 Chairman Henry Belada, lauding SEANC’s nonpartisan battle to gain both pay raises and additional leave time for state employees, in a July 9 letter to the editor of the Morganton News Herald

“SEANC has fought for this day for many years. Finally the State Health Plan has conducted an open and competitive bid process. This will save taxpayer and state employees’ money.” SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope, responding to the announcement that the State Health Plan Board of Trustees voted to award the plan’s new contract to three different vendors resulting in a $22 million savings to taxpayers, in an Aug. 13 WRAL story “State Health Plan diversifies contracts”


SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Foundation Golf Tourney a Success by Jonathan

Owens

SEANC Communications Specialist

The return of the Don Jones Memorial Golf Tournament was a big hit this year, with the SEANC Scholarship Foundation raising a record amount to support our state’s best and brightest students pay for college. With 50 golfers taking part in the Captain’s Choice tournament at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, this year’s tournament was one of the most successful in the foundation’s history. Major sponsors Doug Sutton Insurance, Boston Mutual and Colonial Insurance helped make the event a hit, and the foundation also sold 15 hole sponsorships. In total, the event raised more than $7,600, which will go towards college scholarships for SEANC members and loved ones.

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This year, the foundation was able to hand out 42 awards totaling more than $35,000. The tournament featured a four-player team Captain’s Choice format and was open to both members and nonmembers. District 41 member Spince Gilmore’s team, which included Jeff Blackman and Wayne Wilborn, finished in first place. The team of District 44 members Tripp Steinbock and John Webb, District 69 member Henry Stokes and Jim Barber placed second. The team of District 46 member Baron Brown, District 21 member Amos McLemore, Doug White and Jeff Gupton finished third, and the team of Chris Hollis, Dean Plunkett and Bo Heath were fourth. Spince Gilmore and Everette Matthews won the “Closest to the pin” challenges and Bo Heath won both long drive competitions. For more information on the tournament or SEANC’s Scholarship Foundation, contact Renee Vaughan at 800-2222758 or rvaughan@seanc.org.

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CONVENTION 2012

Stand Up! 29th Annual SEANC Convention Sept. 6-8, 2012 Greensboro, N.C.

29th Annual SEANC Convention

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CONVENTION 2012

What’s Happening @ Convention 2012? • Elect statewide SEANC officers • Determine SEANC’s Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives • Attend the SEANC “Blue Fit” Affair on Thursday evening and enjoy food, music, fun and games* • Enjoy Saturday evening’s “A Night with the SEANC Stars” banquet, where officers will be inducted and SEANC awards will be presented* • Participate in the community service project to benefit the Marine’s Toys for Tots program, a holiday gift drive to benefit North Carolina’s children up to age 12* *Participation in all banquets and the community service project is optional for attendees.

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CONVENTION 2012

CANDIDATES FOR SEANC STATEWIDE OFFICE ANNOUNCED SEANC leadership for 2012-2013 will be determined by approximately 850 delegates at the 29th Annual SEANC Convention on Sept. 7. SEANC Bylaws require members to announce their candidacy in writing or in person to the Board of Governors no later than 45 days prior to the annual convention or nominations can be submitted from the convention floor. Statewide officer terms are for one year and begin Oct. 1, 2012, and run through Sept. 30, 2013. Officers may hold the same office for two consecutive years.

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT

Sandy

Talbert

First Vice President Sidney M. Sandy is a District 11 member and Indian Trail resident. He is a retired 33-year state employee who served as a maintenance engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation. He has been a SEANC member nearly as long. Sandy served in the Army National Guard and graduated from Fayetteville Technical College. Wayne Talbert serves as the Piedmont Regional Representative to the Executive Committee and is chairman of District 17. A Yanceyville resident, he is the assistant superintendent for custody/operations at Dan River Work Farm for the Department of Public Safety. He is scheduled to retire on Sept. 1. Talbert served in the U.S. Navy and earned his bachelor’s degree at North Carolina Central University. He is a 30-year SEANC member.

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Anthony

Horton

Jones

Betty “B.J.” Jones is the North Central Regional Representative to the Executive Committee and District 42 chairwoman. A graduate of St. Augustine’s University, Jones also earned her master of business administration at Strayer University. Jones works as a Medicaid financial analyst and clinical policy contract specialist for the Department of Health and Human Services. She is a 27-year state employee and SEANC member who resides in Zebulon.

Art Anthony is the South Central Region Representative to the Executive Committee and a District 39 chairman. A 21-year state employee and SEANC member, Anthony received his bachelor’s degree from Shaw University and is now employed at North Carolina State University as a research specialist. Anthony is a Raleigh resident.

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Gales

Stanley Gales is the District 26 chairman and a maintenance supervisor at Polk Correctional Institution. A Durham resident, he is a 25-year state employee and SEANC member. Gales is a U.S. Army veteran and completed the electrical program at Durham Technical Community College.

Martin

Incumbent Treasurer Marilyn Jean Martin is a District 12 member and Salisbury resident. A 31-year state employee and SEANC member, she is a correctional captain at Piedmont Correctional Institute in Salisbury. Martin is a graduate of Rowan Cabarrus Community College.

TREASURER Jimmie Horton, a Williamston resident, is a District 63 member and retired from the Department of Correction as an assistant superintendent for custody and operations at Hyde Correctional Institute after 30 years of service. In addition to his state service, Horton served in the Army National Guard for four years, the Coast Guard for four years and has been a SEANC member for 39 years.

Second Vice President Doranna Anderson is a 16-year state employee and District 47 member. She is an oral health education and promotion branch head with the Oral Health Section of the Department of Health and Human Services and a Raleigh resident. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University.

EMPAC CHAIRPERSON

Fish

Incumbent EMPAC Chairman Wayne Fish of District 2 is a correctional food service manager II at Craggy Correctional Center. Fish is a 14-year state employee and 12-year SEANC member. He is a graduate of AshevilleBuncombe Community College makes his home in Weaverville.

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CONVENTION 2012

Executive Director’s Message By Dana Cope

2012 Community Service Project

SEANC Executive Director

STAND UP SEANC!

This year was definitely one when SEANC stood up and was heard in the General Assembly. We stood up for public services and the people who provide them and we are proud of what we have accomplished. We stood up for active and retired state employees by playing offense and the result was pay increases for active employees and cost-ofliving adjustments for retirees. We stood up for retirees and the General Assembly fully funded the retirement system. We stood up for workers’ rights and halted privatization efforts while at the same time maintaining Cope SPA rights. Now more than ever, state employees need SEANC to stand up for their rights. Had the university system been successful, next year more state agencies could have taken away SPA rights. Had inmate health care jobs been privatized, additional jobs would have been targets for privatization. There is much to reflect on this year at our 29th Annual Convention, but we also need our members to stand up and act. We’ll have SEANC officer elections, rank our Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives and hear from our elected officials and people who want to be our elected officials — including our own SEANC hero Linda Coleman who is running for lieutenant governor! This year we are introducing 21st Century technologies into the SEANC convention with electronic scanning of delegates and keypad voting. We will also be getting to know delegates from our five SEANC regions better. We’ll be asking delegates to stand up and help elect Linda Coleman as lieutenant governor, to recruit the next generation of SEANC leaders into the association and to donate to EMPAC and increase our collective strength. On a personal note, I’d like to thank the Board of Governors for extending my contract for another five years. There’s no job I’d rather have than standing up for state employees, retirees and their rights.

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SEANC Members Start Holidays in September By Toni Davis

SEANC Communications Director

President Charles Johnson has selected the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation as this year’s community service project for the 29th Annual SEANC Convention to be held in Greensboro Sept. 6-8. Each year the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve collects new, unwrapped toys to distribute to children in need to make their holiday season brighter. SEANC delegates are requested to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child up to age 12. Almost any toy is a great gift for Toys for Tots, but the Marines prefer no stuffed animals, books, realisticlooking weapons or gifts with food. If donated, such items will not be distributed. Not attending the convention? You can still give your gift to a SEANC delegate who will contribute it to the cause. Find your district chairperson at seanc. org/bog/district-chairpersons. Thanks in advance for making this year’s community service project a success. tdavis@seanc.org


CONVENTION 2012 The following sponsors made the 29th Annual SEANC Convention possible. Please consider patronizing these companies that are committed to SEANC’s mission of protecting public services.

Platinum Exhibitors:

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• Boston Mutual Life Insurance • Purchasing Power

A Night with the SEANC Stars Awards Presentation Banquet Officer Inductions

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Tickets can be reserved through your district chairperson or secretary, or purchased in person on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at convention. Ticket price $45. For more information, please contact Alicia Miller at amiller@seanc.org.

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• Busch Gardens Williamsburg • Colonial Life • Liberty Mutual • MetLife Dental • MetLife Auto & Home • myDrugCosts • OSP NC Flex • PerksCard Network • Southeastern Senior Strategies, LLC • Spectera Vision (formerly Optum Health Vision) • State Employees’ Credit Union • The Sutherland Benefit Group • Travelers Insurance • Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe

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SCHOLARSHIP

SEANC AWARDS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS Compiled by Jonathan Owens and Daniel Pate

This year, the SEANC Scholarship Foundation awarded 42 statewide scholarships for a total of $35,000. The five categories of statewide scholarships include: Four-year financial — a $1,000 scholarship to attend a two-year junior

college or four-year university. Four-year merit — a $1,000 merit scholarship to attend a two-year college or four-year college or university. Two-year financial — a $500 scholarship to attend a community college, technical school or trade school. Two-year merit — a $500 merit

Kadey Phillips Robbinsville

Four-Year Financial ($1,000)

School: Western Carolina University Daughter of District 1 member Tressie Phillips, N.C. State Highway Patrol

Aaron Armstrong Castle Hayne

School: N.C. A&T State University Son of District 62 member Stephanie Armstrong-Smith N.C. Court System

Anecia Stevens Goldsboro

Robert Griffin McLeansville

Kanika Davis Charlotte

School: Western Carolina University Daughter of District 13 member Nancy Green Central Piedmont Community College

Justin Lanning Fletcher

School: Gardner-Webb University Son of District 2 member Joseph Lanning N.C. Department of Transportation

School: N.C. State University Daughter of District 38 member Bahman Dorafshar, N.C. Dept. of Insurance

Lance Edmonds Elkin

School: Appalachian State University Son of District 8 member Tammy Edmonds N.C. Court System

Keya Echols Durham

School: UNC-Charlotte Daughter of District 19 member Karen Echols UNC-Chapel Hill

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School: UNC-Charlotte Daughter of District 59 member Mable “Renee” Dixon N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

School: Campbell University Son of District 17 member Bonnie Griffin N.C. Court System

Daria Dorafshar Raleigh

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scholarship to attend a community college, technical school or trade school. Member only — a $500 scholarship awarded to SEANC members. Scholarships are also awarded on the district level. This year, districts awarded more than $94,000 in scholarship funds. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Wylonda Surles Raleigh

School: Methodist University Daughter of District 37 member Angela Surles, N.C. Department of Public Safety

Anthony Thomas Morganton

Kathryn Reilly Raleigh

School: N.C. A&T State University Son of District 6 member Betsy Forney, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

School: N.C. State University Granddaughter of District 39 member Zola Turner N.C. State University (ret.)

Jonae` Patrick Edenton

School: N.C. A&T State University Daughter of District 68 member John W. Patrick Jr. N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

Tiffany Tilley Madison

School: UNC-Greensboro Daughter of District 16 member James Tilley N.C. Dept. of Transportation


SCHOLARSHIP Four-Year Merit ($1,000) Noryn Alam Morganton

School: Salem College Daughter of District 6 member Sitara Alam N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Sara Awad Knightdale

School: N.C. State University Daughter of District 36 member Barbara Awad N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Connor Davis Cullowhee

School: UNC-Chapel Hill Son of District 1 member Jeffrey Davis Western Carolina University

Allison Donnenwirth Greenville

School: East Carolina University Daughter of District 65 member Robert Donnenwirth East Carolina University

Emily Garcia Charlotte

School: UNC-Charlotte Daughter of District 13 member Christine Garcia UNC-Charlotte

Jessica Neville Linden

School: N.C. State University Daughter of District 22 member Ellen Neville Cumberland County Schools

Kathleen Petermann Raleigh

School: UNC-Chapel Hill Son of District 44 member May Gu N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction

Sarah Lisson Raleigh

School: East Carolina University Daughter of District 38 member Robert Lisson N.C. Dept. of Insurance

Alina Shevchenko Holly Springs

School: Wake Technical Community College Daughter of District 20 member Nataliya Rice N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

School: Appalachian State University Daughter of District 47 member Mark Petermann N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources

Melissa Robinson Cary

School: UNC-Chapel Hill Daughter of District 42 member Janice Robinson N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Roderick Setzer Newton

School: N.C. Central University Son of District 9 member Felicia Setzer N.C. Dept. of Commerce

Michaela Smith Princeton

Harley Smith Lenoir

School: Wayne Community College Daughter of District 66 member Lisa Smith N.C. Dept.of Health and Human Services

Two-Year Merit ($500) Jessica Kidd Wallace

School: Sampson Community College Daughter of District 61 member Shelby Kidd Sampson Community College

Jordan Willett Cameron

School: Sandhills Community College Daughter of District 20 member David Willett N.C. Dept. of Transportation

Member Only ($500)

School: UNC-Chapel Hill Daughter of District 58 member Kelly Jones Wayne County Schools

Shannon Taylor Winston-Salem

David Gu Raleigh

Two-Year Financial ($500)

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Daughter of District 16 member Greg Taylor Winston-Salem State University

Shayna Vance Newland

School: Wingate University Daughter of District 3 member Jeffrey Vance N.C. Cooperative Extension

Angela Bond Winterville

School: East Carolina University Member of District 64 N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Janet Bunch Durham

School: N.C. Central University Member of District 27 N.C. Central University

Anke Cahoon Fairfield

School: Stanley Community College Member of District 63 N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

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MEMBER ACTION

SCHOLARSHIP Member Only (cont.) Sherri Cook Charlotte

School: Belmont Abbey College Member of District 12 N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Mike Gould Raleigh

PHOTO BY JULIA DALE

School: UNC-Chapel Hill Member of District 41 N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

Mathilda Kendrick, Dudley

Stacey Moretz Morganton

District 7 members at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center held a Rada Cutlery sale recently, donating half of the profits it generated to the Burke County Red Cross fund for tornado relief. The district donated $100 to the cause. Pictured left to right are District 7 members Scott McMahan, Debbie Chadwick and Jill Fletcher, Charles Avery of the Red Cross, District 7 Chairman Henry Belada and District 7 member Sandra Bristol.

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY LYNN TUTHILL

School: East Tennessee State University Member of District 6 N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Chaka Ruffin Goldsboro

School: Elizabeth City State University Member of District 60 N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Linda Swarts Jacksonville

School: UNC-Wilmington Member of District 61 N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Jessica Turner Alamance

School: East Carolina University Member of District 17 Alamance Community College

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District 37 raised more than $400 to support breast cancer research in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Raleigh on June 9. Pictured from left to right are District 37 Chairman James Bridges and family with District 37 members Teressa Jackson, Jennifer Powell and Ronald Coley.

District 65 members volunteered for the 2012 Children’s Miracle Network telethon that was broadcast June 1-3. The event raised $1.3 million to benefit the N.C. Children’s Hospital. Every dollar pledged stays in eastern North Carolina to provide programs and services to help sick and injured children. Pictured are District 65 members Lynn Tuthill, Debbie Austin and Vivian Bazemore with fellow participants Kenneth Willis and Joann Lilley.

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY JAMES BRIDGES

School: Barton College Member of District 59 N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services


PHOTO SUBMITTED BY LYNN TUTHILL

MEMBER ACTION

District 65 sponsored a food drive June 11-19 for Kids Summer Stock, a community-wide food and funds event to benefit children at risk of hunger. The program is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children during the summer when they don’t have access to free and reduced-priced meals at school. The district collected 235 pounds of food, or approximately 197 meals. Special guest Angel Ray attended from the Eastern Food Bank and gave a presentation of the project. Pictured from left to right are members Valeria George, Bill Dawson, Tammy Heller, Debbie Austin, Evelyn Hinnant, Camilla Dawson, Eastern Region Representative to the Executive Committee Gloria Highsmith, SEANC Director of Insurance Brenda Hooker, Lynn Tuthill and SEANC Member Action Coordinator La’Tuan Danns.

SEANC District 65 members Stasia Austin, Debbie Austin, Tammy Heller, Karen Simmons and Lynn Tuthill helped with the City of Greenville Spring Clean on May 5.

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY WAYNE FREEMAN

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY LYNN TUTHILL

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY LYNN TUTHILL

District 65 held a book bag drive from July 23-Aug. 10 at East Carolina University and collected 50 bags from members and employees to be distributed to children in an orphanage in Africa. Picture from left to right are members Lynn Tuthill, Eastern Region Representative to the Executive Committee Gloria Highsmith, Doris Wrighten, Martha Peele, Angie Tyson, Tanya Tripp, Jacqueline Caudill, Kimberly Vanwagenen, Denise Vinson, Ginger Drake and Greg Messick.

District 6 members, including Dr. Ramesh Krishnaraj (left), Wayne Freeman (second from right) and Thomas Figura (right) held a “Beat the Heat with a Slushie Day” recently at Broughton Hospital, where they handed out cold slushies and information on joining SEANC. The group signed up new members at the event and gave out applications to others. A full 72 percent of Broughton’s staff are SEANC members. District 6 member Sherry Helton is seen in the background in green shirt.

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New Contracts Awarded for State Health Plan Multiple Companies Will Split the Pie Beginning in 2013

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Cary Edgar

SEANC Asst. Communications Director

State employees, retirees and their dependents will see a change next July in the insurer that administers the State Health Plan (SHP), as the contract to manage the plan has been broken up from exclusivity with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Starting July 1, 2013, the SHP will be administered collectively by three different companies — Blue Cross, Benefit Focus and CobraGuard. The decision is expected to save the state at least $22 million. The SHP Board of Trustees met on Aug. 13 in Raleigh to review bids submitted by eight companies. District 22 member Michele Shaw is a member of the board, representing state employees as an active voice in

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helping the plan to be more affordable, accountable and user-friendly. The newly-constituted board of trustees came about last year as a result of oversight of the SHP being moved away from the General Assembly and into the state treasurer’s office — a change that was SEANC’s No. 1 policy platform objective for 2010-2011. SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope is adamant that $22 million in savings be passed on to state

employees in the form of lower costs. He told the News & Observer in an Aug. 14 interview, “We would hope those cost savings ... will be put back into the State Health Plan itself,” and called the old way of awarding nobid contracts for the plan “sweetheart deals being done in back rooms by three or four members of the legislature.” The current agreement with Blue Cross administering the entire SHP is set to expire on June 30, 2013. The plan currently covers over 660,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents. Blue Cross has held the current contract since 2006, and was paid approximately $110 million last year to oversee the plan.

cedgar@seanc.org

September 2012 Reporter final  
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