The North Carolina Department of Labor is a government agency located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Department of Labor states that its mission is to make North Carolina a better place to work and live. The Department of Labor upholds this mission by settling labor rules and regulations while overseeing areas as diverse as elevator compliance and workplace safety. In 1992 Dana Cope accepted the position of Director of Governmental Affairs with the Department of Labor.
During his time with the Department of Labor, Dana Cope was in charge of directing organizational activities involving the US Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly. Dana Cope was also heavily involved in developing the Department of Labor’s strategic plan, and he worked alongside the Commissioner of Labor to develop a legislative agenda for the Department of Labor. Additionally, Dana Cope played a part in the Department of Labor’s day-to-day operations by collaborating with the Commissioner of Labor to create a budget and managing senior staff.
Dana Cope held this position until 2000, when he accepted the role of Executive Director with the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC).