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  • Membership Promotion Winding Down

    OPEA has conducted a great promotion where members were paid $15 for each new member they recruited to join OPEA. We appreciate those members who recruited members during the promotion and are pleased that we had new members join OPEA’s ranks. We will be discontinuing the promotion effective March 1st, 2015.

  • Tuesday Retiree Day At The Capitol Postponed

    OPEA had  scheduled a retiree day at the capitol to continue the pension discussions on Tuesday. Due to the potential for winter weather early next week, we're going to cancel that day and plan another for March when good weather chances increase. Stay tuned!

  • Committee Hears OPERS Pension Bill

      The discussion about creating a system for cost-of-living increases for retired state and county employees remains alive for the 2015 legislative session but it is unlikely that the increase will occur this year. House Bill 2200 by Rep. Jon Echols was heard by the House, Business, Labor and Retirement Laws Committee Tuesday and the committee voted to refer the matter for an actuarial study to be conducted after the session adjourns.

  • Next Retiree Day at the Capitol Rescheduled Due To Weather

    Due to the possibility of a winter weather storm, the OPEA Retiree day scheduled for Tuesday February 17th has been postponed to Tuesday February 24th. We will used the 24th to continue to advocate for support for a cost of living increase for retired state and county employees. We have had two days already this session where retirees have come to the capitol to support the COLA.

  • Don't Sell Off The GRDA

      OPEA strongly opposes Senate Bill 188 by Sen. Standridge that, if f passed, would require that the electric generation and transmission facilities of the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) shall be appraised and sold by January of 2017. Proceeds from the sale of the assets would be used for classroom expenses and teacher compensation.

  • Scenes at The Capitol

      The legislative session is less than two weeks old but OPEA is already working hard opposing bills that could hurt members and supporting those that will benefit our members. Early in the session, the focus has been on legislation impacting retirees. However, it won't be long until we will be dealing with those effecting state employees.

  • HB1711 Fails To Clear Committee

    GREAT JOB! HB1711 which could have caused pre-Medicare retirees' premiums to skyrocket failed to be passed out of committee. It was defeated just now by a vote of 3 yes, 4 no.

  • Hiring Freeze Announcement Cause For Concern

      There is some concern today about the announcement today of the "hiring freeze". We understand the need to watch every dollar due to the potential budget shortfall. However, the state must not jeopardize agencies' ability to fill necessary positions and do the personnel transactions necessary for operation.

  • Act Now to Stop Health Insurance Cost Increase

    Call the members of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee today and tell them to vote “NO” on House Bill 1711. This bill, authored by Rep. Glen Mulready, would dramatically increase insurance premiums for many retired state, county and education employees.

  • Retirees Begin Push for OPERS Cost of Living Increase

           OPEA MEMBERS MEET WITH REP. RANDY McDANIEL   A group of OPEA members visited the Oklahoma House of Representatives Tuesday to emphasize the need for a cost of living increase (COLA) for retirees in the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS).   Also, members from across the state called or emailed house members and representatives told OPEA they have received numerous calls and emails on the retiree pension asking for support of HB2200 by Rep.

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