Cope's contract

Dana Cope will be on the job for at least another five years.

The board of the State Employees Association of North Carolina voted to give him another five-year contract to lead the 55,000 member group, Dan Kane reports. He serves as CEO, lobbyist and spokesman for the organization.

Cope became executive director of the group, which represents state employees, in April 2000. He has often engaged in tough talk with state legislative leaders and Gov. Mike Easley to try to win better pay and benefits for state workers.

"I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of state employees to provide North Carolina's taxpayers with the best quality services in the nation," Cope said in a statement.

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