OPEA members from across the state will converge at the Lake Murray resort August 28th and 29th for the 2009 Delegate Assembly and Convention.

“Get on Board the OPEA Express” is this year’s theme, as state employees rally for better pay, benefits and job security during what is proving to be a tough economic year.

“During the 34 years OPEA has been in existence, this has to be one of the worst years we’ve ever seen for state employees,” said board member Christie Biggs. “We keep hearing the talk about furloughs and RIFS and budget cuts, and it’s frightening. So now is the time for every one of us to get on board, make OPEA stronger than it’s ever been, and protect our jobs.”

This year’s convention kicks off with a Friday night luau, which is free to OPEA members. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the next morning, with the opening gavel of the Delegate Assembly sounding at 9 a.m. Adoption of the Platform will take place during the convention as well.

“The Platform is not set in stone,” said OPEA Policy and research Director Trish Frazier. “It can be amended from the floor, but each OPEA work site should meet and discuss the proposed Platform prior to the convention. If you want to make additions or modifications, you can bring your ideas to the Delegate Assembly.”

Rooms at the Lake Murray resort average $68 per room. Pricing for the Delegate Assembly and Convention is listed below.

Get on track with the OPEA Express and make this the year for state employees!
Join your friends and co-workers this summer, August 28-29, at the fabulous Lake Murray Resort as we set the agenda to move our goals forward in 2010.

Check out the pricing below and select the one that best fits your needs. Families are encouraged to come as well, so an ala carte price plan is also included. Let your voice be heard at the 2009 OPEA Delegate Assembly and Convention!
Friday and Saturday:
Bus departs Tulsa 5 am Friday, 1222 W. 37th Place, arrives OKC 8 am
Amtrak departs Oklahoma City 8:25 am, arrives Ardmore 11:30 am
Transportation to Lake Murray Resort
Free Friday night Luau
Saturday Breakfast and Lunch Price*: $40.00
(*Excludes lodging, average price is $68 per room)

Saturday Only:
Breakfast and Lunch Price: $20.00

Bus departs Lake Murray for Tulsa and OKC at 4:30 pm

With your registration, members who live outside a 75 mile radius of Lake Murray will receive a $20 gift card to help defray fuel expenses.
Early Bird Special! Register before July 28 and receive a $10 discount!
Free bus transportation from Tulsa to Oklahoma City’s Amtrak station, and return bus trip to Tulsa and Oklahoma City from Lake Murray.
All OPEA members attending the Friday night Luau receive a ticket for a grand prize drawing of a 36″ flat screen TV. Must be present to win.
Family Package, Ala Carte Specials:
Round-trip bus fare $22
Amtrak to Lake Murray $ 16
Friday Night Luau $ 15
Saturday Breakfast $ 8
Saturday Lunch $ 9
Phone Nancy Hughes or Rachelle Johnson to register: 1.800.880.OPEA
Reserve rooms at Lake Murray Resort: 1.800.257.0322

*NOTE: Amtrak Heartland Flyer trip is Friday morning only. Return to OKC and Tulsa Saturday afternoon via bus; price is included in your package. (Return trip via Amtrak is not available due to late departure from Ardmore)

Registration fees can be paid the day of the convention; however, to assure an accurate head count, OPEA prefers members make their payments in advance by mailing directly to the OPEA office.

Ala Carte specials apply to family only, if a member wishes to bring their spouse or children. Otherwise, registration for members is $40 for both Friday and Saturday, $20 for Saturday only.

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