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OK Supreme Court Sides With OPEA

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reinstated an injunction that blocked the state Military Department from implementing a change in its employee classifications.

The state's highest court handed down the decision Tuesday in a lawsuit filed against the agency by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association. The decision reverses the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, which last year reversed a temporary injunction ordered by Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton.

In 2011, the Legislature amended the Oklahoma Military Code to require that all new appointments to the Military Department be unclassified workers. In response, the agency adopted a policy to implement the change that offered classified workers a raise if they agreed to resign and accept unclassified positions.

The OPEA, which represents state workers, filed a lawsuit to block the change.

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