The OPEA board of directors discussed potential OPEA policy changes during their regularly-scheduled board meeting Saturday July, 20th in Oklahoma City. They also received updates on legislative discussions being held about state employee reimbursement and pensions.
Among the policy topics discussed were the criteria the association uses when enlisting the services of a law firm to support a member’s legal action. In some cases, OPEA may pay for legal counsel for a member who is in litigation to support their employee rights. Most often, these types of cases are resolved before they ever reach the court but sometimes legal action is necessary. The board discussed the need to have good criteria for when OPEA does retain attorneys for their members to keep down costs while still supporting those members who need representation.
Also reviewed were the policies on individual chapters’ OPEA finances, how board proxies are used in cases when a board member cannot attend a meeting and OPEA office risk management.
The board also accepted the resignation of Director Cody Burns, region six. OPEA would like to thank Cody for his service on the board and in the region. In accordance with OPEA by-laws, the region six council will select a replacement to serve the remainder of his term.
OPEA members who represent active employees in the 11 different OPEA regions and two retiree members serve on the board. Their next meeting will be September 14 at the OPEA office in Oklahoma City and members are welcome to attend.
July 2013 OPEA Board of Directors Meeting