State Employees to Join Teachers in Possible Statewide Strike

By Sahid Fawaz

Oklahoma is on the verge of a very large strike. reports:

“Oklahoma state employees will join teachers in an April strike if lawmakers fail to deliver on demands for increased pay and funding.

Following a Saturday morning meeting, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association board of directors voted to move forward on a work stoppage plan if more than $213 million in state employee pay raises is not approved by April 2.

Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Education Association unveiled its demands for more than $800 million in teacher pay raises and school funding increases for next fiscal year, along with state employee pay raises.

Teachers across the state plan to strike April 2 if the total funding package is not approved, said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association.

State employees are prepared to join them.

‘We are going to have to design different plans for different types of (state agency) work sites, and that’s what we are going to be doing over the next week,’ said Tom Dunning, communications director for the public employees association.

David DuVall, executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association, joined the state employee board Saturday and informed them of some of the work they are already doing to prepare for a possible walkout.”

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