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OPEA Platform Plank Voting Begins Monday, July 20th

OPEA members will have an opportunity to vote on three potential platform planks beginning Monday, July 20. The election will be conducted on OPEA’s website, www.opea.org. Our platform contains planks approved by membership and is OPEA’s agenda for the following legislative session. Because of the COVID 19 situation, OPEA is using the online voting this…

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2020 Platform Planks Approved by OPEA Board for 2021

Below are the 2020 OPEA platform planks that have been approved by the OPEA Board of Directors to carry over to FY2021. The board approved the planks since there will be no OPEA annual convention this year due to COVID-19. 1.      Market  Based Pay Plan 2.      Tie the state employee minimum    wage to family of…

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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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2020 OPEA Convention Cancelled, Platform Process Revised.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the OPEA Board of Directors cancelled this year’s Annual Convention and Delegate Assembly and authorized an alternative platform plank process for this year only. OPEA expects the convention to return next year when we will celebrate our 45th anniversary that is this year. The board also approved the following processes…

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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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COLA Bill Clears Senate Awaits Gov. Stitt’s Signature

Official photo of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

RETIREE COLA – WE ARE ALMOST THERE! Call Governor Stitt And Ask Him To Sign House Bill 3350 – The COLA Bill His Telephone Number is (405) 521-2342 The COLA bill is now in Governor Stitt’s hands. If he signs it into law, it would grant a Cost of Living Adjustment for retirees in all…

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OPEA Supports 2021 Budget Proposal and Senate COLA Vote

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association (OPEA) supports the Fiscal Year 2021 state budget passed by the House and Senate yesterday, despite the reductions in funds for core services, saying the association’s members expect state leaders to restore funding when state revenues sufficiently improve. “During this unprecedented time, our members understand the need to reduce budgets…

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Members: Consider Running For an OPEA Office

For OPEA to be a truly grassroots organization, it must have active and engaged leaders comprised of both active and retired state employees who what to actively serve our members. Without strong leadership, organizations like OPEA cannot reach their full potential. Maybe it is time for you to consider serving in more active capacity. If…

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Help Improve OPEA: Submit 2020 Platform Planks Now

OPEA’s platform serves as the basis for association activities and advocacy during the upcoming legislative session. Planks in the platform come from members and are 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 be…

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