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									New Members • The following people recently chose to get involved by joining the Oklahoma Public Employees Association.
  George Abraham               Sandra Clark             William Griffith        Benjamin Llanos           Steven Perring          Raven Smith
 Summer Ackerman               Sara Clayton            Shannon Grimes              Bobby Long            Kristen Peterson    Bonnie Smith-Jackson
     Lora Adams             Robert Cleveland            Holly Haggard              Donna Long            Sheree Pettigrew          Tona Sooter
    Jennifer Allen        Barbara Clinkenbeard            Richard Hall             Missy Love             Alayne Pickens         Adalia Sosanya
   Laquinna Allen             Josh Cochran                Jennifer Han          Helen Lowrance            Dorothy Piland        Marietta Sousis
     Pamela Allen             Patricia Colvin          Belinda Hannon             Bessie Lucas            John Pitchlynn        Tammy Spencer
   Maurite Allford           Richard Combs              Peggy Hanson               Celena Lusk              Brenda Pitta         Russell Spinte
    Jeri Anderson            Jeremy Cooper            Jessica Hargrove        Michelle Maldonado            Susan Polak        Pamela Stephens
 LaDonna Anderson              Deborah Cox              James Harmon           Kimberly Manning             William Polk       Mary Stephenson
   Mary Anderson                 Doug Cox                Phillip Harris         Nathan Mansell              Adam Poree            John Stevens
     Nancy Artre                 Terry Cox               Dion Harrison         LaDawnya Martin            Teresa Pritchett       Crystal Stewart
     Amy Ashley               Thomas Crane               Bonnie Harry           Rebecca Martin               Julie Rattan         John Stewart
    James Austin           Christina Crawford             Robert Hart             Carrie Mason               Sharon Ray            Sybil Stites
      Nancy Bain                Clyde Cupp              Sherrie Hartzell         Noby Mathew                  Betty Rea          Mitzie Stockard
  Alice Faye Ballew            Karen Currie              Michael Hays         Stephanie Mavredes           Melanie Reed        Charles Sutterfield
   Edwin Barchue               Kathy Curtis            Ronda Hellman            Stephanie Mbelu               Vicki Reid           Jason Swift
    Kevin Barkley          Mary Cuthbertson           Dianna Hennessey         Gabriella McAuley           Brian Renegar           Gayla Tabor
    Shane Barnes              Stacey Dancy                  Jesse Hill            Marcy McKee             Robert Renner           Larissa Tarver
    Bryan Batson              Amy Davidson              Deborah Hines          Jenny McLemore              Jo Reta Reyes        Gary Templeton
    Robert Battles            Kenyada Davis             Roberta Hines           Robert McMillon       Stephanie Richardson        Rhonda Terry
      Misty Bear             Stephanie Davis              Kay Hobson            Michelle Meater               Jo Richter       Praveen Thomas
     Julie Bender              Judy Dildine              LeLyne Holley            Angela Miller          Catherine Rigsby       Cheri Thomason
     Angela Berry                 Linh Do                 Kim Hudson              Connie Miller              Betty Ripley        Joe Thompson
    James Bowen               Connie Dover               Hattie Hughes            Sandra Miller          Stephanie Rippy        Judy Thompson
   Becky Bowling            Geraldine DuBois          Connie Hunnicutt             Vicki Mohr             Andrea Roberts        Molly Thompson
    Sheila Brewer               Dale Eberie              John Jackson             Linda Monks             Jamie Roberts        Vivian Thompson
    Jamila Broiles            Keith Eckhardt         Carol “Kelly” James        Nettie Moreland              Les Roberts          Denice Tindall
    Allison Brown              Mary Elkouri               Paige James            Grace Moreno             Renee Roberts            Marie Toby
  Consuella Brown               Linda Ellis               Stacy James            Janna Morgan             Joe Robertson          Rhonda Tollers
    Debbie Brown               Teresa Erwin                Gloria Jobe           Kathy Morgan            Jahkia Robinson         Jimmy Trundle
   Melissa Brown              Tonia Eubanks              Amy Johnson            Marjorie Morgan          Macy Robinson            Wayna Tyner
    Patrick Brown           Tamarreau Evans             Reba Johnson          Richard Morrissette       Stephanie Rogers     Kimberley Van Hooser
     Vicki Brown              Barbara Farar             Michael Jones             Jonnie Morse             Brenda Rolan            Jean Varner
      Chad Buell           Karen Faulkenberry          Karen Kharigub                Jay Nair           Whitney Rowland      Marsha Vaughn-Reed
     Lisa Bundle            Cynthia Ferguson              Cynthia Kidd             James Nall          Eleanor Rozumialski         Kwang Vega
     Sheila Burke              Johnnie Ford              Abby Kimbro              Candace Neal            Raquel Salinas           Ron Venters
      Opal Burris           Katherine Fortune            Denny Kimes             Heather Nelson        Kimberly Sammons       Jan Wallace-Belusko
   Beverly Burton              Buddy Frost              Naomi Kindred           George Neurohr              Jack Sanders        Pamela Watson
  Brandon Bussell             Stephen Gable           Ashley Kinnamon             Daniel Norris         Stephanie Sandlin        Danielle Webb
   Courtney Butler              Pete Gelvin              Donna Kuper           Rebecca Novotny           Sandra Schmidt            Nancy Wells
     Paul Buzbee               Patsy Girard              Paula Kuzava           Harriet O’Daniel           Tammy Seeley          Zachary White
    Sherry Carlin              Karen Glasco             Kevan LaCroix           Boyd Opperman              Pamela Serna         Sharon Whitener
 Kristen Carmichael            Clara Goletto               Roben Lan             Rhonda Oxley               Mart Sharits         Edwin Williams
   Minnie Carnell              Debra Grace              Shannon Lang            Carmina Parker             Jeanette Shaw          Terri Williams
   Chantay Carter           Tonya Grantham                Tanara Lang            Robbie Parker             Stefanie Shaw       Weegina Williams
    Valerie Carter               Jack Gray                Kim Larmon              V.Ruth Parker             Mike Shelton           Karla Willis
    Jennifer Case            Jennifer Green           Rhonda Lawrence             Andrea Paulk            Mary Shepperd         Johnna Willman
      Lisa Caton              Shanda Green            Melanie Leathers            Janet Pearce            Judy Simmons            Alicia Wright
   Sharon Chibitty           Barbara Griffin               Lorrie Lee             Margaret Pelt           Deborah Smith          Jimmy Zewalk
   David Childress            Glenda Griffith           Hope Litvinoff        Wanda Pendergrass            Patricia Smith

15-Year Anniversaries • These OPEA members reached their 15th anniversary with the Association during the past month.
      Deonna Ailey                   Lynne Bussell                   Doris Foust                   Toni Hughes                Joanna Richie
     Leslie Anderson                Kim Chadbourne                Jerry Gillenwaters             Juanita Lancaster              Billy Scott
   Betty Balthrop-Ross               Thomas Clark                    Chad Gilley                   Deana Lorenz               Robert Shearer
       Billy Brown                  Bamah Cochran                   Steven Golbek                 Claude McBride              David Southard
      William Brown                   Jo Fancher                     Andrea Hall                  William McNutt               Dale Wares

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Making A Difference
A list of new OPEA members and those who                           OPEA-Endorsed
have been with the Association for 15 years. . 2
                                                                   Candidates Thrive
With The Elections Over, It’s
Really Time To Go To Work
                                                                   A large number of candidates who support state
The President’s Pen
By OPEA President Connie Stockton . . . . . . . . 4                employees won key battles during the Nov. 4 election,
                                                                   especially in the House. OPEAPAC racked up an
OPEA Members Played A                                              impressive record, with more than two-thirds of its
Role In The Elections                                              endorsed candidates coming out on top.
Frontlines
By OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley . . 4
                                                                                                                                                Page 6
HealthChoice Rates Set To Rise . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                                   DHS Council
The OPEA Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                                                   Plans For The Future
Smaller State Agencies Can Still
Make A Big Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10             Goals for the coming year were at the top of the
                                                                   agenda when the OPEA/DHS Council gathered at the
OPEA Supports Pay Initiative                                       OPEA office Oct. 27.
For Corrections Employees. . . . . . . . . . . . 11
                                                                                                                                                 Page 8
MPC Launches Online Filing System . . . . 11
                                                                   OPEA Hosts Southern
OPEA Launches Social Network
For DHS Employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12               States Conference
OPEA Meets With DHS                                                Delegates from Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina
Audit Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13        and Tennessee converged on Oklahoma City recently
                                                                   for the annual Southern States Conference. OPEA
OPEA Offers Members Legal Backup . . . . 13                        Board members and staff greeted more than 50
                                                                   delegates in downtown Oklahoma City for the
Who Are You Going To Call? . . . . . . . . . . 15                  three-day event.

OPEA Membership Application. . . . . . . . . 16                                                                                            Page 14
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With The Elections Over, It’s
Really Time To Go To Work
W       e won a few and lost a few, but the
        elections are over. Now we need to
concentrate on getting our Platform to the
                                                    The President’s Pen pleasebe done and needhave lots of work to help.
                                                          By Connie Stockton
                                                                                      must
                                                                                             let us know. We
                                                                                                                everyone of you
                                                                                                                                that

                                                                                          I would like to challenge each of you to
Capitol and getting it passed. Each of you, as              OPEA President            recruit one new member – or more, if possible.
OPEA members, will need to become active-                                             They don’t necessarily have to be from your
                  ly involved this year. It will not be an easy       workplace; you could recruit someone from another agency or
                      task, so save a couple of days of your          another building or work area. OPEA has more than 10,000
                        annual leave and plan on coming to the        members throughout
                         Capitol and join the fight!
                             There is something that will affect
                                                                      the state, but
                                                                      Oklahoma has more
                                                                                                    “I   f you are a new member
                         each of you on the Platform, whether it      than 32,000 state
                                                                                                    and want to get involved, please
                        is the pay raise, the rule of 80, insur-      employees. If we had          let us know. We have lots of
                       ance, state agencies’ budgets, flexible        that many members,            work that must be done and
                    schedules or privatization issues. Each           our legislators would         need everyone of you to help.”
               OPEA member must get involved and help                 surely stand up and
OPEA fight.                                                           take notice.
   I am excited about the coming year and all the new mem-               So let’s get busy and take a stand on state employee rights.
bers we are gaining, as well as those of us who have been here        This is your Association, so let’s join together and make
a while. If you are a new member and want to get involved,            Oklahoma the best place to work.



OPEA Members Played A Role In The Elections
T     he political races officially came to a
      close this month, and OPEA members
were very active in the political process all
                                                            Frontlines
                                                           By Sterling Zearley
                                                                                            I also want to congratulate the speaker of the
                                                                                        House, Chris Benge. The House Republican
                                                                                        majority extended itself by taking an additional
across Oklahoma. Members participated in                OPEA Executive Director         four seats in an election cycle where most pun-
phone banking, putting up signs, knocking                                               dits thought the minority caucus would gain
on doors and in general assisted in a wide variety of other              ground. OPEA has had a good relationship with Speaker
                   political activities.                                 Benge and is looking forward to working with him on state
                          OPEA endorsed numerous candidates,             employee issues.
                       and more than two-thirds of them won                  Now is the time to
                        their elections. The political climate in        contact legislators in      “N        ow is the time to contact
                        our state and nation has certainly changed       your district, start          legislators in your district, start
                        in the last few years, and we in Oklahoma        building a relationship
                        witnessed history in this election cycle.        with them and start              building a relationship with
                          The first African-American has been            discussing the OPEA             them and start discussing the
                    elected president of the United States, and          Platform for the                   OPEA Platform for the
               the Republicans have the majority in the                  upcoming session. We
Oklahoma state Senate for the first time in our history.                 need to concentrate on               upcoming session.”
   I would like to congratulate Glen Coffee for becoming the             grass-roots efforts with
Oklahoma Senate pro tempore of our great state. OPEA looks               the legislators in your area.
forward to working with him on state employee issues and                     I am very excited about the future of OPEA and look for-
building a long-term plan on state employee compensation.                ward to the upcoming legislative cycle.
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HealthChoice Rates Set To Rise
    State employee insurance rates have        $3,000 since the year 2000.                           Connie Stockton. “We can stand by and
been set for the calendar year beginning           ✖ Your health insurance premiums                  let our standard of living collapse or we
in January 2009. The good news is that         are going up, which means even less                   can organize. As for me, I say organize.”
90 percent of state employees will have        cash in your paycheck.                                    So what will you do about it? Will
the full cost of their dependent health            ✖ Benefit allowance funds are crit-               you continue to lose money and health
insurance covered by the                       ical to workers and their families.                   benefits? Or will you be proactive and
benefit allowance.                                 ✖ We need to maintain the benefit                 fight for your rights, demanding a fair
The bad news is                                allowance and increase pay, providing                 salary for you and your family?
the                                            state employees with a good basic                         For nearly 35 years, the Oklahoma
                                               compensation package that considers                   Public Employees Association has been
                                               cash, health insurance and retirement.                your voice in state government. We are
                                                   The state Legislature left $85 million            on the front lines at the Capitol every
                                               that should have gone to state employee               day. The longevity check you receive
                          HealthChoice         families on the table at the end of the               each year is a direct result of OPEA’s
          rate will increase more than the     last legislative session. OPEA is fighting            lobbying, and we are responsible for
       other plans, which will take            back, but we need your help.                          increases in annual leave and your bene-
                         money out of the          1. Help OPEA grow to be the most                  fit allowance. OPEA has accomplished
                          pockets of many      powerful it has ever been so we can protect           so much, but we will never rest on our
                          state employees.     employees’ benefits and obtain decent pay             laurels. You cannot afford to rest either.
                            After the con-     raises.                                                   More than 10,000 of your co-work-
                  troversy over the benefit        2. OPEA is asking you to help us                  ers have joined OPEA because they
                    allowance at the           reach the 24,000 state employees who are              understand unity and a powerful voice
                     Capitol this year, the    not members. Get them to join with us so              are what it takes to be heard. But there
                    Employees Benefits         we can regain respect for state employees.            is power in even greater numbers. Every
                  Council kept premiums            3. Make plans now to meet in local                state employee must become an active
down by raising co-pays by $5 per doc-         forums with your local legislators. Hold              member so we can flex our muscles and
tor visit and the out-of-pocket maxi-          them accountable for walking away from                show lawmakers we expect to be paid a
mum by $1,000 for the high-option              the legislative session without addressing            fair salary.
health maintenance organizations.              our compensation needs.                                   Look around your office, and talk to
    HealthChoice, the state-run PPO
program, has used reserves in past years                 High Option Insurance Rate Changes For 2009
to help keep premiums down for state            ☛ Aetna Standard HMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +4%
agencies and school districts. Unfor-
tunately, the plan had high claims expe-        ☛ Community Care Standard HMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +12%
rience this year and does not have              ☛ Global Health Standard HMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -2%
reserves to help pay the premiums for
2009. Therefore, the cost for the               ☛ PacifiCare Standard HMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -8%
HealthChoice High option, which is the          ☛ HealthChoice Standard PPO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +13%
plan used by most state employees, will
increase by 13 percent. To see the              ☛ State Employee Benefit Allowance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +4%
changes in the benefit allowance and
HealthChoice premiums for various cat-             4. Vote for OPEA-endorsed candi-                  your co-workers. Are they members of
egories of coverage, visit www.opea.org.       dates. Make sure every one of your co-                OPEA? If they are not members, ask
     State employees have pretty good          workers joins OPEA and registers to vote!             why. A basic membership is affordable
benefits compared with some workers.               5. Grow OPEA to the largest it has                and will help us show legislators that
However, most employees in the private         ever been. This would send a statement                Oklahoma state employees are a force to
sector are not forced to use funds meant       like no other that state employees will be            be reckoned with.
for their benefits to put food on the table.   treated with respect.                                     OPEA is fighting mad – and we
But now those benefits are under attack.           6. Support OPEA’s efforts for a pay               intend to fight with and for you. Tell
    ✖ State employees have not                 raise in 2009. “It’s our time in ’09.”                your friends to join us on the front lines
received a pay increase in two years.              “We are at a pivotal position in our              so we can create a better tomorrow
    ✖ Your paychecks have eroded by            state’s history,” said OPEA President                 together!
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    A large number of candidates who sup-    “Senator Reynolds won by only 159            liberal, would help
port state employees won key battles dur-    votes.”                                      Oklahoma Repub-
ing the Nov. 4 election, especially in the                                                licans. The Okla-
House. OPEAPAC, the Oklahoma Public          Who We Elect Matters And                     homa GOP made
Employees Association’s political action     OPEAPAC Wins Will Help!                      out very well and
committee, racked up an impressive                                                        OPEAPAC
record, with more than two-thirds of its         OPEA members care about deliver-         made a very
endorsed candidates coming out on top.       ing quality state services and improving     respectable
                                                    the quality of life in Oklahoma.      showing, win-
                                                    That’s why OPEAPAC makes sup-         ning over two-
                                                    porting candidates who support        thirds of the
                                                    state employees a top priority.       races we
                                                        The OPEAPAC trustees and          endorsed.”
                                                    the OPEA staff carefully evaluate
                                                    every candidate for office based on
                                                    a variety of criteria, including a
                                                    candidate’s responses to a written
                                                    questionnaire, interviews, the
                                                    candidate’s voting record and
                                                    demonstrated leadership on
                                                    state employee issues, and
    “We are excited with the success of      the candidate’s commitment to
the OPEAPAC-endorsed candidates,”            improving the conditions of state
said Steve Paris, OPEAPAC executive          employment
trustee. “This most certainly brings us          OPEAPAC’s endorsements
into the legislative session with more       for the 2008 primary elections
clout and respect than we have had in        and the Nov. 4 general elec-
several years.”                              tion are listed on page 7.
    Among OPEAPAC-endorsed candi-                “Considering the
dates who won their elections were: Dr.      high voter turnout and
Doug Cox, R-Grove; Rep. Scott Inman,         the fact every county
D-Del City; Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Purcell;      in Oklahoma support-
Rep. Bill Nations, D-Norman; and Rep.        ed the Republican presi-
Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell. Sen. Jim          dential candidate, we
Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City; and Sen.          feel we did very well,”
Richard Lerblance, D-McAlester; also         said Zearley. “Prevailing
won their elections, with OPEAPAC            wisdom said the national
claiming credit for getting Reynolds         economy would play a
over the top.                                large role in helping
    “OPEAPAC endorsed Senator                down-ticket Democrats
Reynolds late in the cycle and clearly       gain momentum, but
the nearly 200 members we have in his        there was also the
district made an impact,” said OPEA          chance Senator Obama,
Executive Director Sterling Zearley.         who is viewed as very
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Oklahoma Statewide Races:                                           • District 41 • Rep. John Enns, R-Enid • Win!
• Corporation Commissioner • Jim Roth (D) • Loss
                                                                    • District 42 • Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Purcell • Win!

Senate and Races                                                    • District 44 • Rep. Bill Nations, D-Norman • Win!

• District 5 • Jerry Ellis, D-Valliant • Win!                       • District 47 • Harold Jackson, D-Chickasha • Loss

• District 7 • Sen. Richard Lerblance, D-McAlester • Win!           • District 48 • John Moore, D-Ardmore • Loss

• District 11 • Sen. Judy Eason-McIntyre, D-Tulsa • Win!            • District 49 • Samson Buck, D-Ardmore • Win!

• District 15 • Sen. Jonathan Nichols, R-Norman • Win!              • District 50 • Daisy Lawler, D-Comanche • Loss

• District 17 • Sen. Charlie Laster, D-Shawnee • Win!               • District 51 • Tommy Cosgrove, D-Marlow • Loss

• District 27 • Bowdy Peach, D-Moreland • Loss                      • District 52 • Dan McMahan, D-Altus • Loss

• District 31 • Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton • Win!                • District 53 • Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore • Win!

• District 33 • Sen. Tom Adelson, D-Tulsa • Win!                    • District 57 • Perry Adams, D-Custer City • Loss

• District 37 • Sen. Nancy Riley, D-Tulsa • Loss                    • District 60 • Rep. Purcy Walker, D-Elk City • Win!

• District 43 • Sen. Jim Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City • Win!           • District 61 • Rep. Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell • Win!

• District 45 • Steve Russell, R-Moore • Win!                       • District 66 • Rep. Lucky Lamons, D-Tulsa • Win!

                                                                    • District 68 • Rep. Chris Benge, R-Tulsa • Win!

 House Races                                                        • District 72 • Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa • Win!

  • District 1 • Dennis Bailey, D-Broken Bow • Win!                 • District 73 • Rep. Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa • Win!

     • District 2 • Rep. Glen Bud Smithson, D-Sallisaw • Win!       • District 74 • Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso • Win!

     • District 5 • Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove • Win!                   • District 78 • Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa • Win!

          • District 13 • Rep. Jerry McPeak, D-Warner • Win!        • District 85 • Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City • Win!

            • District 14 • Eugene Blankenship, D-Muskogee • Loss   • District 87 • Dana Orwig, D-Oklahoma City • Loss

         • District 16 • Rep. Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris • Win!       • District 93 • David Castillo, D-Oklahoma City • Loss

          • District 25 • Gary Starns, D-Ada • Loss                 • District 94 • Rep. Scott Inman, D-Del City • Win!

          • District 28 • Rep. Ryan Kiesel • D-Seminole • Win!      • District 95 • Mike Walker, D-Midwest City • Loss

          • District 36 • Rep. Scott BigHorse • D-Pawhuska • Loss   • District 96 • Dianne Hunter, D-Edmond • Loss

          • District 37 • Rep. Ken Luttrell, D-Ponca City • Win!    • District 97 • Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City • Win!

          • District 40 • Rep. Mike Jackson, R-Enid • Win!          • District 99 • Rep. Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City • Win!


                                                                                       OPEA Advocate • November 2008 • Page 7
OPEA’s DHS Council
Plans For The Future
    Goals for the coming year were at the top of the agenda when
the OPEA/DHS Council gathered at the OPEA office Oct. 27.
Byron Jackson, who works with non-profit groups across the state,
facilitated the meeting and helped the group find common goals as
participants tackled the challenges facing DHS employees.
    “Working with the DHS Council was particularly rewarding,”
said Jackson. “You can sense their dedication to the work they do in
spite of increasing challenges. We managed to accomplish a lot in a
short length of time.”
    Council leaders found a common purpose in advocating, both at
the agency and legislative level, for the Department of Human
Services and workers who provide an important safety net for
Oklahomans. Participants crafted vision statements indicating the
importance of communication, advocacy and unity to accomplish
the goals of increasing compensation, preserving benefits and lower-
ing caseloads.                                       (Continued On Page 9)   DHS Council members prioritize goals for 2009.




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                 The OPEA Board                                                               DHS Council
                                                                                              (Continued From Page 8)

                                                                                                  After an exercise in grouping objectives into larger
                                                                                              goals and prioritizing them, Council leaders determined a
                                                                                              course of action for the next few months. At the top of
                                                                                              the list was making contact with legislators and agency
                                                                                              administrators about issues affecting the workplace. The
  Connie Stockton            Christie Biggs          Kenneth Burrow          Carrie Croy      top three goals were only two votes apart.
  Interim President         Veterans Council            Vice Chair           DOC Council
     cstockton@                 cbiggs@               GRDA Council           carrie.croy@         Legislative and agency: Build strong relationships
 oklahomaparks.com          odva.state.ok.us          kenmarcia1@           doc.state.ok.us   with legislators by organizing local visits and staying in
                                                       yahoo.com
                                                                                              contact, both during the legislative session and the inter-
                                                                                              im. Continue to meet quarterly with the director.
                                                                                                  Compensation and benefits: Work to increase com-
                                                                                              pensation for all DHS employees, including longevity,
                                                                                              and maintain benefits.
                                                                                                  Education and information sharing: Provide infor-
                                                                                              mation about DHS issues and an avenue for members to
          Patricia Dill                     Jann Ensz                  Wally Ogunoiki
                                                                                              discuss concerns.
          DHS Council                      DHS Council                  OJA Council               Recruitment/membership: Increase the effectiveness
           patricia.dill                   jann.ensz@                   andrea603@
          @okdhs.org                        okdhs.org                    yahoo.com            of OPEA in DHS by recruiting co-workers to join.
                                                                                                  Morale/image: Work to improve the morale and
                                                                                              image of DHS workers.
                                                                                                  Positive change: Bring positive change to DHS
                                                                                              through involvement in OPEA.
                                                                                                  Participation: Organize offices for OPEA.
                                                                                              Communicate more with OPEA.
                                                                                                  “We have a great start on the coming year with this
                                                                                              outline,” said DHS Council Director Haley Faulkenberry.
        Glenn Hightower                   Dixie Jackson                     Patricia
         Retiree Council                  Department of                 Naifeh-Parker
                                                                                              “Already, several work sites have plans to invite legislators
          hightower@                      Mental Health                   Education           for lunch meetings. While the legislative goal was deter-
             cox.net                         Council                   Services/Human
                                             dljackso                 Resources Council       mined to be the most critical, all of the goals are impor-
                                          @odmhsas.org                     tparker@           tant to the success of our program for the next year.”
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                                                                                                       Don’t Miss This!
                                                                                                 OPEA’s Break Room Podcast
           Rita Heath                     Tom McDonald                 Mark Rainville
         Transportation/                    DHS Council                 DHS Council
         Transportation                    oddfellow69@                mark.rainville                   November 20
        Authority Council                    yahoo.com                  @okdhs.org                      Rep. Lisa Billy
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            odot.org
                                                                                                           Dec. 4
                                                                                                  DOC Director Justin Jones

                                                                                                           Dec. 11
                                                                                                DHS Director Howard Hendrick


          Mike Rogers                      Forrest Rush                 Betty Weber
          DOC Council
         mike.rogers@
                                             Education
                                          Services/Human
                                                                       Department of
                                                                       Health Council                        www.OPEA.org
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                                                                                                            Click on Podcast
www.opea.org                                                                                                OPEA Advocate • November 2008 • Page 9
Smaller State Agencies Can
Still Make A Big Difference
    Who says smaller state agencies don’t             mining the greater whole,” said OPEA          of workers becomes a priority. This is
matter and can’t make a difference?                   Membership Representative Brandon             one of the many ways OPEA facilitates
    OPEA connected with the workers                   Watkins. “Not to minimize the bigger          a driving force already inherent among
at the Oklahoma State Board of                        agencies, but workers in the smaller          the agency’s employees.
Cosmetology recently with pizza in                    agencies tend to be under a greater threat         “After discussing it with Brandon, I
                                                              of consolidation, which could         believe our agency, due to its size, needs

      “T       he smaller agencies such as OSBC
      contribute substantially to the quality of life in
                                                              mean disaster at any time.”
                                                                  “They have smaller budgets
                                                              in comparison to bigger agencies,
                                                                                                    OPEA on our side. OPEA gives us sup-
                                                                                                    port where no other organization can,”
                                                                                                    said OSBC Executive Director Sherry
                                                              which, from an economic stand-        Lewelling.
    Oklahoma; every single state employee makes a point, makes the monies general-                      OPEA signed up three new members
    difference when determining the greater whole.” ly easier to see and subsequently               at OSBC: Karen Glasco, Michael Hays
         – OPEA Membership Rep Brandon Watkins                manage, given the smaller scale,”     and Nancy Wells.
                                                              said Watkins.                             If you work at a small agency with a
hand to discuss OPEA current events.                      In what ways does this situation          big desire to be heard, join OPEA, the
     “The smaller agencies such as OSBC               affect small agencies? It creates a need      only organization in Oklahoma that can
contribute substantially to the quality of            for outside support. If the agency can-       make that happen. Contact Brandon
life in Oklahoma; every single state                  not get full monetary or other support        Watkins at www.opea.org to set up a
employee makes a difference when deter-               internally, then a call to action on behalf   luncheon in your office.




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OPEA Supports Pay Initiative
For Corrections Employees
    The Oklahoma Public Employees              toward this initiative,” OPEA Deputy             shifts. Included in the shift assignments
Association, the only organization pub-        Director Scott Barger commented.                 were an 8-percent shift differential for
licly supporting correctional employee         “OPEA has                                                              midnights and 6
pay raises announced during the October        advocated for          “We have met with Director Jones about          percent for evenings.
Board of Corrections meeting, has pre-         the establish-       these initiatives and applaud him for taking      It really gave
sented the OPEA DOC Council goals              ment of shift                                                          employees a choice.”
                                                                    a bold step in requesting pay raises for staff
for 2009 to DOC Director Justin Jones.         differential                                                                “We have met
    DOC is asking the state for an addi-       since the late            and in instituting additional career         with Director Jones
tional $318 million, $36 million of which      1990s, most                progression for uniformed staff.”           about these initia-
would be used to hire additional proba-        recently with         – OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley       tives and applaud
tion and parole officers and for pay raises.   our OSP chap-                                                          him for taking a
    The agency is requesting $26.5 mil-        ter over the summer in response to the           bold step in requesting pay raises for
lion for a 5-percent performance-based         lack of staff and mandatory overtime.”           staff and in instituting additional career
pay increase for employees meeting or              OPEA has learned that DOC is con-            progression for uniformed staff,”
exceeding standards, to move 48 percent        sidering moving away from rotating               Zearley added. “We were also apprecia-
of correctional officers to the salary         shifts.                                          tive of the director taking time to listen
midpoint, and to implement two long-               “OPEA brought this initiative to             to our concerns about the needs related
time OPEA initiatives: shift differential      then Director James Saffle after OPEA            to non-uniformed staff and career pro-
and the addition of the new correctional       returned from a fact-finding mission to          gression. Many of the agency’s positions
officer career step – master sergeant.         examine Colorado’s DOC,” OPEA                    are dead ends, and the agency needs to
    “The shift differential amount is con-     Executive Director Sterling Zearley said.        look into additional career progression
tinuing to be discussed, but we are            “CDOC has little turnover due to qual-           in areas such as case management,
pleased that Director Jones is moving          ity salaries and bidding procedures for          maintenance and           (Continued On Page 12)




MPC Launches Online Filing System
    The Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission launched its                  “We anticipate a quicker, more reliable method of filing
Online Filing System Oct. 31. This system has been designed             and managing appeals while at the same time providing a
to enhance the operations of the Commission by increasing               quality, futuristic product to the users of our system,” she said.
the availability, reliability, transparency and efficiency of its       “The Online Filing System will provide instant access and
services and programs.                                                  information on an appeal, and it will enhance the services we
    Until now, employees had to mail or hand deliver appeals            currently provide.”
and related documents to the Commission. Thereafter, the                   “We have taken into account that there may be some
Commission communicated with the employee, agency and                   employees who may not have ready access to a computer,” she
representatives on matters related to the appeal either by mail         added. “In those instances, the employee may fill out a con-
or telephone. Under the Online Filing System, employees and             ventional filing form for approval by the executive director.
representatives will register with the Commission and then file         We realize we may experience some minor glitches, but we are
appeals and related documents online.                                   well prepared and excited to take this step.”
    After an appeal is filed, the employee or representative can           The Commission has designed several helpful tools to assist
log on to the account to file additional documents, respond to          users of the new system. Online tutorials will be available to
inquiries and view the status of the appeal. Any action taken           help with registration and filing documents. There will also be
on the appeal by the employee, representative, agency or                PowerPoint presentations with screen shots that provide step-
Commission will generate an automatic e-mail update to all              by-step instructions on various online filing topics.
parties.                                                                   To access the Online Filing System, visit the Commission’s
    Jenny Chong, a personnel programs analyst with the                  Web page at www.mpc.ok.gov or contact Chong at
Commission, has been instrumental in this project.                      jchong@mpc.ok.gov or (405) 525-9144.

www.opea.org                                                                                OPEA Advocate • November 2008 • Page 11
                                                                                            OPEA Launches
                                                                                            Social Network For
                                                                                            DHS Employees
                                                                                                The Oklahoma Public Employees
                                                                                            Association has launched a private social
                                                                                            network that will allow its members in
                                                                                            the Department of Human Services to
                                                                                            discuss issues in forums, create groups
                                                                                            and share photographs and videos.
                                                                                                Acceptance into the social network is
                                                                                            included with membership in the
                                                                                            Association.
                                                                                                “We wanted our Association’s mem-
                                                                                            bers to be able to interact and collabo-
                                                                                            rate with each other, not just by e-mail
                                                                                            or at an annual conference but also on a
                                                                                            daily basis using the Web,” OPEA
                                                                                            Executive Director Sterling Zearley said.
                                                                                                OPEA’s new social network,
                                                                                            launched Oct. 16, is connected to Flickr,
                                                                                            which allows members to share photos.
                                                                                            Other services include songs for pod-
                                                                                            casts, videos, blogs and RSS feeds.
                                                                                                “OPEA continues to be the leader in
                                                                                            developing new methods such as the
                                                                                            podcast show we launched last year,
                                                                                            Capitol Advantage, the political site we
                                                                                            added in January and now our social
                                                                                            network,” Zearley said. “We will contin-
                                                                                            ue to add more beneficial member serv-
                                                                                            ices such as our new private social net-
                                                                                            work to enhance the Association’s mem-
                                                                                            ber interaction. We are testing this in
   OPEA Executive Director Sterling                                                         the largest agency in state government
   Zearley, right, presents State Rep. Mike                                                 before we move on.”
   Shelton with the Association’s Legislator                                                    OPEA plans to add networks soon
   of the Year award.
                                                                                            for every agency and the more than
                                                                                            10,000 state employees it represents.

Pay Initiative (Continued From Page 11)
food service. This will allow these dedicated employees an            all correctional staff were areas where we are finding common
opportunity to gain pay raises as well.”                              ground,” said Zearley. “The agency is in the process of deploy-
    Zearley pointed out that during a meeting with Jones,             ing pepper spray in some facilities on a small scale, but we are
OPEA presented him with the DOC Council’s goals for 2009              advocating for a greater scope.”
and asked him to take a comprehensive look at improving                   “We also had a great discussion about privatization, staffing
starting salaries, educational incentive pay, training/trainer pay,   and training,” said Zearley. “These are all areas that Director
physical fitness incentive pay and bilingual pay.                     Jones continues to be concerned with. DOC is currently
    Jones expressed interest in several areas outlined by the         involved in upgrading and enhancing its training program,
Council.                                                              and Director Jones has accepted our offer to help sponsor
    “The true 20 for all corrections employees, along with the        additional training centered on internal security threats, gang
special extended service incentive for employees who serve past       management, covert inmate communications and several other
their 20th year, as well as looking into issuing pepper spray to      areas.”
Page 12 • November 2008 • OPEA Advocate                                                                                 www.opea.org
OPEA Offers Members Legal Backup
    No, Pre-Paid Legal insurance is not slipping a trooper some      tection is more essential than ever.
cash before he writes you a ticket. Basically, it’s insurance for        “As a member, OPEA has you covered at work. But if
any legal costs you might incur, such as fighting violation tick-    you’re living without legal insurance
ets, getting a lawyer to read over a lease agreement or protect-     for the rest of your family, it’s like
ing your assets if you’re in an accident that injures someone.       owning a house without fire insur-
Given the increase in litigation in Oklahoma, good legal pro-        ance,” said OPEA Executive                     Pre-Paid Legal
                    OPEA Dues Options:                                Director Sterling Zearley. “You can           Services, Inc.
                                                                      probably get away with it, but one
   Platinum Membership                Gold Membership                 day you could lose everything.”
   OPEA Membership $15.00             OPEA Membership     $15.00          “Many of our members have had Pre-Paid Legal for years
   Pre-Paid Legal   $15.99            Pre-Paid Legal      $15.99      and say ‘You can’t beat it. It’s cheaper than lawyers’ fees,’” he
   Identity Theft    $ 9.99           Total               $30.99      added. “Many have used the traffic ticket service for teenagers
   Total            $40.98            Package Rate        $29.50      or received legal advice on matters such as divorce, child cus-
                                                                      tody or putting together a will.”
   Package Rate     $39.00
                                                                          “Now, OPEA has enhanced the Pre-Paid Legal service by
                                      Bronze Membership
                                                                      being the only Association where you can get the best dis-
   Silver Membership                  OPEA Membership $15.00          counted rate in the state,” Zearley continued. “We now offer
   OPEA Membership       $15.00       OPEAPAC Donation $5.00          OPEA membership, identity theft and Pre-Paid Legal service
   Identity Theft        $12.95       Total            $20.00         for your entire family, through payroll deduction. No one
   Total                 $27.95                                       offers this much service at the lowest price possible. That’s the
   Package Rate          $27.00       Basic OPEA                      power of your Association looking out for our members.”
                                      Membership          $15.00          For more information on joining OPEA and Pre-Paid
                                                                      Legal, call OPEA at (800) 880-6732.


OPEA Meets With DHS Audit Consultant
    The Legislative Services Bureau has           ✖ Personnel and training, including             “OPEA welcomes the audit and is
hired a contractor to conduct a per-          retention and turnover;                         certain the findings will affirm the
formance audit of the Oklahoma                    ✖ Supply, training and retention of         Association’s concerns that DHS work-
Department of Human Services that             foster parents.                                 ers are underpaid and struggling under
will be similar to last year’s audit of the       The auditors will interview employees       the burden of increasing caseloads,” said
Department of Corrections.                    and ask them to complete surveys about          OPEA Executive Director Sterling
    Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc. has        their jobs and workload. They also will         Zearley. “The audit will cost the taxpay-
been tapped to complete the job before        talk to parents, foster parents, judges and     ers of Oklahoma $420,000. Hopefully,
the beginning of the 2009 legislative ses-    other stakeholders in the child welfare
sion. The management consulting firm is
working in programs across the nation, in
30 states and the District of Columbia.
                                              system. In addition, case reviews from
                                              sample cases and data analysis will be
                                              utilized in the study. All information
                                                                                            “O         PEA welcomes the audit and is
                                                                                            certain the findings will affirm the
    OPEA met with Hornby Zeller               will go directly to the auditor and not       Association’s concerns that DHS workers
Director of Project Operations Karen          through agency channels. The data will
Hallenbeck to learn more about the            be presented collectively and the source
                                                                                            are underpaid and struggling under the
audit. During the meeting, OPEA               of information cannot be traced, so           burden of increasing caseloads.”
staffers Scott Barger and Trish Frazier       employees should not worry about what         – OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley
discussed concerns the Association has        they say to interviewers.
over compensation, turnover and case-             Hornby Zeller will compile out-             the DHS audit will not be put on the
load standards.                               comes and standards based on national           shelf beside the DOC probe last year,
    Hornby Zeller’s primary focus will be     best practices, which will be used to           and the Legislature will provide funding
on child welfare services, studying:          measure the agency’s performance. A             for improvements in both agencies.”
    ✖ Organizational structure, manage-       preliminary report will be released to a            Legislators overseeing the audit are
ment and controls;                            legislative working group for their feed-       State Reps. Ron Peters, Kris Steele, Susan
    ✖ Policy and program                      back, and the final report should be            Winchester, Scott BigHorse, Richard
implementation;                               ready for 2009 legislative session.             Morrissette and Wade Rousselot.
www.opea.org                                                                            OPEA Advocate • November 2008 • Page 13
    Delegates from Alabama, Arkansas,          ment at the governor’s mansion
South Carolina and Tennessee con-              in Oklahoma City, sponsored by
verged on Oklahoma City in September           the Correctional Peace Officers
for the annual Southern States                 Foundation.
Conference. OPEA Board members and                 Dinner was an array of
staff greeted more than 50 delegates in        upscale urban barbeque, com-
downtown Oklahoma City for the                 plete with all the fixings.      State Rep. Anastasia Pittman, OPEA Board President
three-day event.                               Entertainment was provided       Connie Stockton, Executive Director Sterling Zearley and
    “It was certainly a pleasure welcom-       by Oklahoma’s own legendary Deputy Director Scott Barger.
ing our out-of-state guests,” said OPEA        country music singer and                      Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “We
President Connie Stockton. “We had a           Grammy Award winner Jody Miller,              have received a tremendous amount of
number of items on the agenda that             who performed a medley of her greatest        positive feedback from the delegates and
should be useful in their own associa-         hits, including “Queen of the House”          hope they enjoyed themselves.”
tions. We also enjoyed showing them            and “He’s So Fine.”                               State officials attending included
some good Oklahoma hospitality.”                   “The entire evening was so much           Pittman, Shelton and Rep. Al McAffrey;
    State Rep. Anastasia Pittman, who          fun,” said Zoyle Jones, president of the      State Auditor and Inspector Steve
was on hand for the Friday morning             Tennessee State Employees Association.        Burrage; Corporation Commissioner Jim
opening ceremony, presented OPEA               “Oklahoma did an outstanding job              Roth; and Oklahoma Department of
with a special proclamation from the           hosting Southern States, and the entire       Tourism Executive Director Hardy
state of Oklahoma.                             conference was great.”                        Watkins.
    Later, State Rep. Mike Shelton and             Miller coaxed Jones on
former legislator Jim Dunlap spoke on          stage during her performance
ways to get members active in the leg-         and together they did a rous-
islative process.                              ing rendition of “Honey.”
    Guests were treated to an evening of       Miller also received a standing
Oklahoma-style dining and entertain-           ovation for her performance
                                                     of “American Trilogy,”
                                                     which she dedicated to
                                                     the Southern States
                                                     group.
                                                         “It was an incredible Above: Robin Brooks, Grammy Award winner Jody Miller and
                                                     conference,” said OPEA guitarist Jerry Putnam. Below: OPEA Executive Director
                                                                                Sterling Zearley and State Auditor/Inspector Steve Burrage.




Above: Jody Miller and Tennessee State Employees
Association President Zoyle Jones.



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               Who Are You Going To Call?
               OPEA members only may call the OPEA office for:
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               Schedule A Meeting: Brandon Watkins, Membership         B
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                                       www.opea.org
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