Dana Cope, executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, received a five-year contract extension from the group's Board of Governors.
Cope started at the organization in 2000, having worked as a lobbyist for the state Department of Labor. Cope was running in the Democratic primary for Labor Commissioner when he dropped his campaign and took the SEANC job.
In 2008, SEANC became an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. Cope is a member of SEIU's executive committee.