Merit System Modernization Bill Passes House

The Oklahoma House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1146, The Civil Services and Human Capital Modernization Act by Rep. Mike Osborn and Sen. Greg Treat. This bill brings up to date the state’s merit system for state agency employees and will make it more streamlined and efficient. OPEA has spent years studying Oklahoma’s and…

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OPEA Releases General Election Senate Candidate Endorsement List

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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OPEA Members Set 2021 Legislative Agenda

A graphic design listing the 2021 OPEA legislative agenda

OPEA’s 2021 legislative agenda has been finalized. The agenda was developed by OPEA members through our platform plank process earlier this year. Agenda items form the broad goals to work toward during year’s session. As with any legislation, the details will need to be worked out as bills are written, amended and voted on. OPEA…

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OPEA Platform Plank Voting Begins Monday, July 20th

OPEA members will have an opportunity to vote on three potential platform planks beginning Monday, July 20. The election will be conducted on OPEA’s website, www.opea.org. Our platform contains planks approved by membership and is OPEA’s agenda for the following legislative session. Because of the COVID 19 situation, OPEA is using the online voting this…

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2020 Platform Planks Approved by OPEA Board for 2021

Below are the 2020 OPEA platform planks that have been approved by the OPEA Board of Directors to carry over to FY2021. The board approved the planks since there will be no OPEA annual convention this year due to COVID-19. 1.      Market  Based Pay Plan 2.      Tie the state employee minimum    wage to family of…

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OPEA Board Seats & President’s Office to be Filled by Nominees

  OPEA’s election chairperson, Lydia Hilton has certified that the following nominees meet the criteria to serve in the office for which they have filed in the 2020 OPEA elections. President: Rita Heath (ODOT) Region 2: Hank Swearengin (DMHSAS) Region 4: Weslie Elliott( OSDH) Region 6: Wally Ogunoiki (OJA) & Eldon Johnson (DPS) Region 8:…

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OPEA Supports 2021 Budget Proposal and Senate COLA Vote

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association (OPEA) supports the Fiscal Year 2021 state budget passed by the House and Senate yesterday, despite the reductions in funds for core services, saying the association’s members expect state leaders to restore funding when state revenues sufficiently improve. “During this unprecedented time, our members understand the need to reduce budgets…

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OPEA Update – Covid 19 and “Vulnerable Individual”

If you are a person who may be categorized as a “Vulnerable Individual” and you are still at work, you may want to request leave and go home. Gov. Stitt’s recent order requires Vulnerable Individuals to remain at home with some exceptions. Even if you work in an area of “critical infrastructure”, if you are…

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