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Critics question pay for employees at SEANC convention

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Hundreds of state workers are heading to a State Employees Association of North Carolina retreat this week that some critics say is a paid vacation. Hundreds of state workers are heading to a State Employees Association of North Carolina retreat this week that some critics say is a paid vacation.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Hundreds of state workers are heading to a retreat this week that some critics say is a paid vacation.

The association behind the convention, however, says that simply isn't true.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina has 55,000 members. It will hold its annual convention in Greensboro this week, and the three-day affair will include workshops and banquets.

SEANC said more than 800 members will attend, half of them being active state employees. The rest are retired.

Of those, SEANC said less than 100 will likely be paid credit for attending. Those who are paid will only be paid for the professional development portions of the trip, not the parties.

None the less, some critics question whether tax dollars should pay for workers to attend the convention.

"It is ridiculous," said Dana Cope, executive director of SEANC. "It is not a paid retreat. We welcome anyone to come and witness the hard work our public employees do every day.

"We know there is a lot of professional development opportunities that need to go on, and this is one way to satisfy them."

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