Okla. appeals court reverses OPEA lawsuit decision

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma appeals court has lifted an injunction that blocked the state Military Department from implementing a change in its employee classifications.

The Court of Civil Appeals handed down the decision Monday in a lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association. The decision reverses a temporary injunction ordered by Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton.

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

OPEA, which represents state workers, sued to block the change. But the appeals court says it's proper and state law creates no property interest in pay raises.

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