Your agency has multiple lobbyists working to advance their interest at the state capitol, but who lobbies on behalf of the employees who work at those agencies? The answer is OPEA! We work to advance state employee issues at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Since being founded in 1975 OPEA’s membership has introduced every legislative pay raise for Oklahoma State employees. Other notable legislative achievements include expanding the state employee benefit allowance to cover 75% of dependents, establishing longevity pay, creating Employee Assitance Programs (EAP), establishing Sooner save, establishing severance benefits, and establishing the Human Capital Management Civil Service Division to guarantee state employees due process when faced with discipline at work.
Every piece of legislation we bring to the Capitol was an idea brought to us by an OPEA member as a Platform Plank. Then approved by a vote of our membership.
You can find our latest legislative agenda using the menu above!
OPEA is nothing without our active and retired members. Our members vote on every major decision within OPEA. Members get involved with OPEA by attending our Annual convention to create our legislative agenda. Our members govern our association by voting for Board Representation and Legislative priorities.
OPEA host event throughout the year for members to get involved with OPEA governance & Legislative lobbying. These are great opportunities to meet fellow state employees & Legislative leaders.
OPEA helps develop members into legislative advocates for state employee issues. We teach members how to lobby, interact, and build relationships with legislative & agency decision-makers.
When an OPEA member is disciplined, receives adverse action, or files a grievance/complaint our professional staff and labor lawyers team up to guarantee our members a fair due process.
When state employees try to navigate adverse actions alone they are working against a handful of agency lawyers. Your OPEA representation evens the playing field.
OPEA can only offer representation to members who have been dues-paying for at least 6 months.
“It’s better to be a member and not need legal representation then to need legal representation and not be a member” – Candice Steele.
OPEA works to keep you informed about issues that affect state employees and retirees. We cover state employee happenings at the capitol and at your agency.
We send the newest and most pressing information to our member’s emails in addition to our monthly membership newsletter “The Advocate”. If you are a member and don’t get these communications, reach out to your membership representative -(STAFF PAGE)- and update your email on file.
You can also stay informed by checking this website’s news page for updates. Make sure you like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OklaPEA.
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OPEA is always there for our members to protect their rights as state employees. Whether you need our Grievance Coordinator or our Legal Advocacy Program, OPEA has your back!
OPEA is always available to assist you with questions or problems regarding your insurance, benefits or retirement. If you have questions please contact us. We can help!
Making Your Voice Heard
Through OPEA, you join more than 10,000 state employees working together to improve working conditions and employee benefits. Together with OPEA staff, we will ensure your voice is heard at agency board and commission meetings and anywhere else decisions are made regarding state employees.
OPEA fights for your interests at the State Capitol every day during legislative session and is always working on organizing and building a grassroots network of state employees to help advance our cause. We need you contacting legislators and we need you making us aware of issues. We can only achieve what state employees need and deserve by working together. Join OPEA and get engaged!
If you’re interesting in getting involved in politics and getting state-employee-friendly citizens elected to office, then OPEA can help get you involved. We do everything we can to get the right people elected to state office and we always need active and engaged members to help make that happen. Just let us know what you’re willing to do and we’ll help you get involved in making Oklahoma more of a worker-friendly state.
All OPEA members receive free registration for our annual convention. The annual convention, which usually takes place in August, is always a great time and a good way to meet and connect with fellow state employees.