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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 Oklahoma Public Employees Association and The Oklahoma Public Employees Political Action Committee have endorsed the following Oklahoma Senate candidates for the 2020 general election. Senate District 3 Blake“Cowboy “ Stephens Senate District 9 Dewayne Pemberton Senate District 21 Tom Dugger Senate District 35 Jo Anna Dossett Senate District 37 Allison Ikley-Freeman Senate District 39…

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Jess Callahan was awarded an OPEA Lifetime Achievement award at the 2019 OPEA annual convention in August. This is the highest member award given to OPEA members, honoring outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a long term contribution and commitment to OPEA’s mission. Callahan is the 14th Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The award is the highest…

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OPEA members and staff have been advocating on behalf of legislation important to state employees and retirees. Several bill that would benefit our members are still alive in the legislative process. In addition to these bills, OPEA is focusing on finding ways to improve state employee pay despite the current budget situation. Our advocacy for…

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Oklahoma’s 2017 state fiscal year (SFY 17) begins July 1, 2016 and is also the date that state agencies must submit a budget to the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) detailing how they will spend its SFY 17 appropriation. Due to a significant drop in revenue, most state agencies received fewer dollars than…

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We can’t say thank you enough to all the OPEA members and non-members who worked so hard to defeat the budget bill. Unfortunately, it passed 52-45 and now goes to the governor’s office for signature. We just sent out a press release to Oklahoma media expressing our disappointment. We will also make sure to publicize…

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OPEA sent the following email to every house member this morning. Today is the last day of the regular session. They must approve a budget today or come back for a special session. OPEA believes it is best to defeat the budget, come back for a short special session and pass revenue measures to fund…

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A draft budget has been released and OPEA is telling lawmakers to VOTE NO on it. It is very damaging to some state agencies especially DHS who will have to make significant program and personnel cuts. We just sent out this press release to media across the state. We urge all state employees and consumers…

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