In an effort to head off what OPEA is describing as a “bait and switch by private profiteers,” OPEA is calling all OJA members to action.
“We are anticipating a summer of action,” said OPEA Deputy Director Scott Barger. “We need everyone involved if we are going to head off this threat to our jobs, facilities and really the profession of juvenile services.”
OPEA is beginning to contact local area legislators who have juvenile facilities in their districts for a series of town hall meetings to discuss the growing concern. OPEA is also vowing to take their fight to the press.
“If these profiteers believe they can lurk in the shadows and puppet some public officials without being exposed, they are certainly mistaken,” said Barger. “We will find out who they are, what they have done in other states and let the citizens of Oklahoma know exactly what kind of operators they are. Nearly every one of these private companies has a long history of abuse, neglect, legal violations and lawsuits that we will research, compile and distribute to every media outlet, citizen and legislator that will listen.”
OPEA needs your help!
“If we are to keep OJA public, we need every employee backing this effort,” said Barger. “From the top of the agency to the newest employee we are urging everyone to join. Only through the unity of OPEA will we be able to overcome greed and the political influence these private companies can exert.”
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