A long time ago, a very wise man asked me how I could not pay attention to what the Legislature was doing. He pointed out that because I was a state employee, lawmakers controlled my salary, retirement benefits, the amount and kind of paid leave I could receive, and even the hours and location of my employment. Thinking about the control they have over my life made me pay attention. I decided then and there I’d better pay attention! We all have stories of how and why we joined the Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA). I can truthfully say it was the best thing I could have done.
Now it’s that time of year for campaigns, debates, and elections. UPEA’s legislative committee has its list of approved issues for us to work toward. UPEA’s focus is solely on what benefits public employees.
It’s time to check the voting records of your legislators to see if they are public-employee friendly. Listen to what they say, how they say it, and ask whether they represent their constituents. When UPEA endorses candidates, it’s because they respect and support the employees that keep the state, county, and city governments running smoothly.
Get involved and vote. Let’s make a difference!