The SEANC Board of Governors next directed the association to appeal the dismissal order to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Specifically, the Court of Appeals held that SEANC did not have standing because not all of its members would have had standing to maintain the same lawsuit in their own right.
This gave SEANC the right to appeal to the Supreme Court.
News of Eckerd's intent to end pharmacy services for state health plan members came to SEANC in a memorandum from the executive administrator of the state health plan, which stated that "Eckerd Drugs has formally notified Advance PCS that it intends to terminate its pharmacy participation under the State Health Plan effective midnight July 15, 2002.
In addition to soliciting boycott participation and support from other groups representing state health plan members, and even some that do not, Cope has requested that all SEANC staff members also boycott CVS, Eckerd and J.
SEANC staff members are encouraging all state employees, teachers and retirees who call the SEANC office in Raleigh to contact Eckerd at 800-325- 3737 to "complain about their corporate greed and tell them that if Eckerd drops out of the state health plan, they will not buy any products from them in the future.
Prior to her employment with SEANC, Melton worked as assistant publications coordinator for the Council on Undergraduate Research, a non- profit membership organization working in Washington and states nationwide to strengthen research programs in predominantly undergraduate institutions and promote research by undergraduates.
Melton will be responsible for internal and external communications and public relations, association publications, and will serve as SEANC spokesperson and media liaison for SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope.
Cope and the association hope the contract agreement will send a strong message to the Legislature that the SEANC membership is fully committed to continuing its aggressive lobbying on behalf of state employees and their families.
Cope, a resident of Garner and formerly the chief lobbyist for the North Carolina Department of Labor, was hired last April by SEANC.
who signed a proclamation in recognition of SEANC Day of Caring.
The SEANC Day of Caring is the association's largest, collective volunteer effort of the year.