Thanks For a Successful Lobby Day!

OPEA would like to thank the members who came to the capitol yesterday to speak with their legislators about the importance of addressing state employee pay this session. Members from all regions of the state and several different state agencies were able to visit with their own local representatives but also Rep. Leslie Osborn, HB3293 author; Rep. Randy McDaniel HB2630 and Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman. Members were also recognized from the House of Representatives floor as they sat in the house gallery. We certainly appreciate both the members who spent their own time and money to attend the lobby day and the members who took time to contact their legislator by phone or email. If you haven’t done so, it’s not too late to contact your house member and thank them for their support of Rep. Osborn’s pay bill and your senator to ask them for their support when the bill comes to the senate.

President Jess Callahan, DOC members James Kroth and Gregory Stockton, as well as Executive Director Sterling Zearley were interviewed by OETA’s Steve Bennett about state employee issues. The OETA segment will likely run in a future airing of their Oklahoma News Report which airs Friday evenings and is rebroadcast on Saturday and Sunday. 

We are cautiously optimistic about the pay bill becoming law. It still has several steps to go before being passed and any raises must be funded through the appropriation process. However, improving state employee pay is a top priority for the house of representatives and they will convey that message to both the senate and governor’s office. It is important to remember that the pay bill is not just about a pay raise in 2014. Equally important is creating a system that can makes state employee pay a higher priority and provide for future raises when money is available.  OPEA worked with the author to remove language that would have reduced benefits like sick leave and shared leave. The bill's passage was also covered by several media outlets including on the KFOR website. 

The work on state employee issues will continue throughout the session and your participation is key to our success. Next week will likely be relatively quiet at the capitol as it is spring break. However, the pay bill could be heard in senate committee as early as week after next. We will need every member and state employee to advocate on the bill’s behalf at that time. Thanks again for your continuing advocacy and be sure to pay attention to our website, Facebook and email blasts as we update you during the session.

7 comments (Add your own)

1. bettina larsen wrote:
the support of Rep Osborne and others for the change in the retirement system is not a positive step. An actuarial study should be done.

Mon, March 17, 2014 @ 8:22 PM

2. edward wrote:
I don't understand why the Gov. and the Legislature can separate the troopers ,the teachers and the state employees and retires when giving raises we are all state employees and all should be treated the same, if there is only enough to give state employees a 3 percent raise give everyone else the same. don't give two groups a huge raise and the rest a small raise, we must all stand together not separated, things are have to be fair between all, not a few choice groups. and there is still the question where is all the lottery money going if it's not going for Education? that was the reason the Gov. and Legislature wanted it to past, there is something seriously wrong if they can't control they money coming in there hasn't been a winner for the big bucks, so something is happening to it. just curious, a lot of money for anyone not to know where it's going.

Wed, March 19, 2014 @ 9:49 PM

3. Concerned wrote:
I firmly agree with you Edward .We are All State Employees and should be treated equal! If they are going to give troopers a big raise , so should DHS worker's be treated egual. There should not be any gaps.Mrs. Osburn needs to fix this pay plan for all State Employees are treated the same. No Groupies or favoritism !! We the people are to be treated equal!

Fri, March 21, 2014 @ 2:19 PM

4. edward wrote:
I read in the paper that the schools will be closed either on the 28th or the 31st so the teachers can go to the capital to rally for a raise, funny the state employees had to take annul leave to go rally. I reread the report the my Rep. sent me for Feb. and he said that the House and senate were in favor of giving the troopers and other parts of the department a raise. they already had it figured out, it's going to be about $33.33 dollars to about $63.06 a month must be nice to have friends the Capital and they didn't have to rally, that's a shame. I bet Gov. Fallin will say what are you children doing out in the wind, you know you didn't have to come up here your raise is already in the bag, so why don't you go shopping for the rest of the day and don't worry. but that's favoritism for you. our little 3 percent raise if we get it will about $10.00 a month not bad if don't eat or pay bills.

Mon, March 24, 2014 @ 8:11 PM

5. Ed wrote:
Thank you Sterling for continuing to run the roadblocks and keep things moving forward. You are doing a great job and we need to recognize your work on behalf of state employees.

Wed, March 26, 2014 @ 7:52 PM

6. Joel wrote:
The Governor and state legislature are pretty much rank and file on everything that happens. There's truly not going to be any fair legislation passed because of the cozy relationship with the state government and business. A program on OETA last night had a legislator saying the state just doesn't have enough money yet they constantly work towards reducing taxes for big business and high income citizens. Also, as long as one dominant political party is running things at the state capital, nothing is going to change regarding state employee compensation and reduction of benefits. It's a stacked deck against state employees.

Thu, March 27, 2014 @ 4:58 PM

7. concerned wrote:
Here it is April 6 and still no legislation passed for corrections employees pay raises. We just had our first murder at JCCC and now staff are leaving faster than ever. It's not a job for everyone but definitely not a job for even fewer staff. We are in crisis mode and still nobody cares.

Sun, April 6, 2014 @ 6:03 PM

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