News & Politics

Members Submit Your Platform Planks for 2021!

OPEA’s platform serves as the basis for association activities and advocacy during the upcoming legislative session. Platform planks come from members and are discussed, amended, and approved at the OPEA Annual Convention and Delegate Assembly. When a member has a good idea about legislation that would improve state employment or retirement or one that might…

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Members, Consider Running in the 2021 OPEA Elections

OPEA is a grassroots association ran by Oklahoma State Employees. Every year OPEA hosts elections for board seats that are divided into geographic regions. This year region 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11,  Retiree West and Region 10(Vacant) seats are up for elections. Region 5 that represents Oklahoma County has 3 seats up for election…

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Merit System Modernization Bill Passes House

The Oklahoma House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1146, The Civil Services and Human Capital Modernization Act by Rep. Mike Osborn and Sen. Greg Treat. This bill brings up to date the state’s merit system for state agency employees and will make it more streamlined and efficient. OPEA has spent years studying Oklahoma’s and…

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OPEA Sponsored Bills Are Ready For The Legislative Session

Despite an economic downturn resulting in less revenue, OPEA will have improving employee compensation at the top of its 2021 legislative agenda as the legislature convenes this week. Several pieces of legislation, if passed, would improve state employee pay and benefits. Most of the bills we support are OPEA request bill developed through OPEA’s 2019…

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OPEA Releases General Election Senate Candidate Endorsement List

photo explains that OPEA bases its candidate endorsements on their support of state employee and retiree issues no other issues are considered when the OPEA political action committee considers candidates for endorsement.

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association and The Oklahoma Public Employees Political Action Committee have endorsed the following Oklahoma Senate candidates for the 2020 general election. Senate District 3 Blake“Cowboy “ Stephens Senate District 9 Dewayne Pemberton Senate District 21 Tom Dugger Senate District 35 Jo Anna Dossett Senate District 37 Allison Ikley-Freeman Senate District 39…

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OPEA Board Seats & President’s Office to be Filled by Nominees

  OPEA’s election chairperson, Lydia Hilton has certified that the following nominees meet the criteria to serve in the office for which they have filed in the 2020 OPEA elections. President: Rita Heath (ODOT) Region 2: Hank Swearengin (DMHSAS) Region 4: Weslie Elliott( OSDH) Region 6: Wally Ogunoiki (OJA) & Eldon Johnson (DPS) Region 8:…

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OPEA Announces 2020 Senate Primary Election Endorsements

photo explains that OPEA bases its candidate endorsements on their support of state employee and retiree issues no other issues are considered when the OPEA political action committee considers candidates for endorsement.

The following State Senate candidates have been endorsed by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association for their primary election. Any questions about OPEA endorsements may be sent to OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. Senate District 1, Micheal Bergstrom; Senate District 13, Greg McCortney; Senate District 17, Ron Sharp; Senate District 28, Zack Taylor; Senate District 43…

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OPEA Announces 2020 House Primary Election Endorsements

photo explains that OPEA bases its candidate endorsements on their support of state employee and retiree issues no other issues are considered when the OPEA political action committee considers candidates for endorsement.

    The following House of Representatives candidates have been endorsed by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association for their primary election. Any questions about OPEA endorsements may be sent to OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. House District 11  Derrel Fincher , House District 12  Kevin McDugle. House District 14 Chris  Sneed, House District 15 Randy Randleman,…

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