The Oklahoma Public Employees Association (OPEA) honored Rep. Jason Dunnington (House District 88) as one of its 2019 Legislators of the Year for his support of state employee and retiree issues. The association selected Dunnington because of his work in advancing legislation to improve state employment and his support of state employees and state agency services. He is frequently a vocal advocate in local media for state employees and the services they provide. The presentation was made August 23rd during OPEA’s annual convention at The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park.
“Rep. Dunnington is always willing to sit down with state employees so he can further understand the challenges they face as they work to provide services to our state,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. ” He authored legislation that would have helped employees who work mandatory overtime, yet can’t take time off work due to their caseloads.” That bill overwhelmingly passed out of both the House and Senate, but was vetoed by the Governor.
“Receiving the Oklahoma Public Employees Association 2019 Legislator of the Year award was a great honor. Ensuring Oklahoma’s public employees are paid market wages, treated with dignity and respect for their tireless services to our state has been, and will continue to be, a top priority for the House District 88 office,” Dunnington said.
OPEA is Oklahoma’s largest organization advocating for state employees and retirees and its members work to support state agency employment and state agency services. It was established in 1975 and has approximately 8,000 members across the state.