The recent site of an Oklahoma Public Employees Association pizza luncheon was the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Laura Dester Center in Tulsa.
OPEA member Marshall Tyner recognized times of support and intervention by OPEA on behalf of state employees which resulted in specific change and salary increase.
Even though it was a busy time for the Center, as employees completed their conferences with clients, they came to the meeting, enjoyed pizza and made inquiries.
A question about certain bills the law makers are considering this year was answered by Assistant Director Kay Saunders as she reminded the group that OPEA is the only association having representatives at the Capitol building every day the legislative session meets. There are also Lobby Days set for different groups of interest who alert senators and representatives of the issues confronting state employees. Further discussion emphasized that no money leaves the state to support a parent organization or union.
Karen Jones, Administrative Assistant, helped OPEA Northeast Membership Representative Reba Turner Robinson in securing the time and place for this meeting. Robinson said that with Jones help there were new applicants and former members returning to OPEA. They are: Dawn Allen, Maredith Anqude, Victoria Brown, Michael Shaw and Jeffery Wickstrom.