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Public Sector Labor Relations: Oklahoma

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Authors: Alan L. Rupe and Daniel Press, Kutak Rock LLP

Summary

  • The Oklahoma Municipal Employee Collective Bargaining Act, which applied to municipal employers and their employees, was repealed, effective November of 2011. See Oklahoma Municipal Employee Collective Bargaining Act.
  • The Fire and Police Arbitration Act governs collective bargaining, unit membership and other important labor relations issues between municipalities and police and fire labor unions. See Police and Firefighters.
  • School teachers and employees of schools have the right to organize and collectively bargain. See School Employees.
  • Oklahoma recently amended its laws pertaining to the Public Employees Relations Board, which deals primarily with union formation and unfair labor practice charges. See Public Employees Relations Board.
  • Public employees in Oklahoma are generally prohibited from striking. See No Right to Strike.