On Saturday, March 10th , the OPEA board of directors voted unanimously to ask the staff to develop an action plan that could include a state employee work stoppage on April 2nd and beyond. OPEA staff is working with members to develop a plan to implement this action. The plan will be developed this week and reviewed by the OPEA board. After their approval, we will begin announcing to our members what our next steps are and how they can participate.
We do not enter in to this action lightly. We do not want participate in a work stoppage but past tactics have not worked to compel lawmakers to improve state employee and teacher pay. They have taken no action to restore years of budget cuts.
State employees and teachers are willing to take significant action on April 2nd if a plan to address these issues is not passed.