OPEA News

OPEA Responds to Business Leaders’ Step Up Oklahoma Plan

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State business leaders announced a plan for increasing state revenue and government reform Thursday, January 11. The plan included an immediate $5,000 annual raise for each teacher in Oklahoma’s public school. The plan did not offer any increases in state employee pay. While OPEA likes part of the plan that brings in new recurring revenue,

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Osburn Files Legislation to Reform Merit Protection System

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Osburn announced today he is filing legislation aimed at providing transparency, accountability and consistency to Oklahoma’s hiring and compensation systems. The bill is intended to streamline hiring to ensure the state is recruiting the best employees to serve taxpayers. By updating the current state employment classification system, the legislation

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OPEA Requests Investigation of Tourism Department Practices

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Oklahoma City: The Oklahoma Public Employees Association (OPEA) has asked Oklahoma Attorney General, Mike Hunter, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, and the Oklahoma House of Representatives’ Special Investigative Committee to investigate the Oklahoma Department of Tourism to determine if the agency violated laws regulating employment practices, open records and meetings, and the handling of

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OKC’s Fox 25 Reporter Phil Cross Investigates Dept. of Tourism Practices

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Investigative journalist Phil Cross for Fox 25 in Oklahoma City is currently reporting on practices at the Oklahoma Department of Tourism, including a look at lawsuit judgements against the agency in favor of employees, who are OPEA members. The stories have been running during the 9 p.m. broadcast in the Oklahoma City area but can

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Okla Policy Institute Special Session Overview

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The Oklahoma Policy Institute has published information about the recent special session and Gov. Fallin’s recent call for a second special session. The information they have published is the best guide to the session that OPEA has found. The special session has been frustrating for many Oklahomans, public employees included. Here is a link to their

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Governor vetoes budget bill with shortfall

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed legislation Friday that would have raided cash reserves and cut deeper into agency funding to balance the state budget, setting up a showdown with her own party in the Legislature. “I vetoed most of the budget bill, but kept intact parts temporarily preserving key health &

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OPEA Hears OSDH Concerns Regarding Shortfall

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  OPEA staff was able to attend Thursday’s meeting of Oklahoma State Department of Health Oklahoma City area employees with interim director Preston Doerflinger. After opening comments, Dir. Doerflinger took questions from employees for nearly two hours. We appreciate access to the meeting and the director’s openness with the staff. Here is what OPEA took

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Apology demanded after lawmaker calls state agencies ‘terrorists’

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A Republican lawmaker should apologize for calling state agencies “terrorists” that routinely try to extort money from the Legislature, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said. Fallin and officials with Oklahoma Public Employees Association said state Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, owes agency heads and public employees an apology for comments he made Wednesday while

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Save Our State Hosts First Budget Meeting

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) – As lawmakers prepare to restart the discussion on the state’s budget, a local group of nonprofit organizations is touring the state to collect testimonies from Oklahomans. The Save Our State coalition held its first meeting of its “Blueprint for a Better Budget” community conversation tour Tuesday night. The coalition of Oklahoma non-profit

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State Workers Call for a Raise

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From KOSU: By: Michael Cross Sept 27, 2017 As Oklahoma lawmakers work to fix a budget hole of $215 million dollars during the special session, frustrated state workers are calling on the legislature to increase their pay. The Oklahoma Public Employees Association wants a $7,500 per person raise provided to state workers. Executive Director Sterling

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