Oklahoma state employees have not seen a market pay adjustment since 2006. In that time, the costs of goods and services has only shot upward. It’s a situation that is shrinking paychecks and making it harder to stay in state service.
In this article from the AP, which was published in several local papers across the state, OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley and several state employees talk about the topic and why it’s so important for state employees to have a market pay adjustment this legislative session.
“You’ve got to make that position, whatever it is, comparable to market,” said Sterling Zearley, executive director of the 10,000-member Oklahoma Public Employees Association. “You’ve got to compare them to similar jobs. Just because you’re in it for the service doesn’t mean you’re in public servitude.”
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