OPEA News

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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OK Public Employees Ask For Raise, Won’t Rule Out Strike

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The head of the state’s association of public employees wouldn’t rule out a strike on Thursday while talking about his workers request for a pay raise. Describing employees as “angry” and “fed up”, Sterling Zearley, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Public Employees’ Association, expressed frustration with lawmakers who have gone into recess

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OPEA Members to Participate In Save Our State Community Meetings

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OPEA is a member of the Save Our State Coalition advocating on long-term fixes to Oklahoma’s budget problems so our state can provide core services and improve state employee and educator pay. A series of community meetings has been set and OPEA members will be among those speaking about how lack of funding has impacted them

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Susan Adams Chosen as Gaines Stout Member of the Year

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  OPEA’s 2017 Gaines Stout Member of the Year recipient is Susan Adams.  She was an active member when she worked for the Department of Corrections and she has continued to work on OPEA’s behalf since her retirement.  She has been a tremendous help to the association by donating both her time and resource.  She

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Lew Logan and Lynn Hodges selected as OPEA Retirees of the Year for 2017

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      OPEA honored two retired state employees at its annual convention as Lew Logan and Lynn Hodges were each presented with OPEA’s Past Presidents’ Retiree of the Year award. Lew Logan has been an OPEA member for several years, joining while he was an active Department of Tourism employee. Among the responsibilities he held was

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Fox 25’s Phil Cross Selected OPEA Journalist of the Year for 2017

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Oklahoma City investigative reporter Phil Cross of Fox 25 News was presented with OPEA’s 2017 Journalist of the Year award for his reporting on Oklahoma’s state government and state agency operations. OPEA recognized Cross for his reporting on unfair practices involving management of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and other state agency’s activities. OPEA expects changes

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Central Okla Juvenile Center Chapter Wins 2017 Chapter of the Year Award

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  The Art Jackson Chapter of the Year for 2017  was awarded to  the Office of Juvenile Affairs  – Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center Chapter at this month’s annual convention. The chapter earned this award for the second consecutive year.  The chapter includes long-time and newly enrolled OPEA members.  Some of the members of this chapter

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2018 Insurance Premiums Increase Hits State Employees & Retirees Again

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Most state employees and retirees will see an increase in their health insurance premiums in 2018. The premiums were announces on August 10th at a meeting of the Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board and approved by OMES Director Preston L. Doerflinger. Even thought he board said they did the best to keep rate increases

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