UPEA Reorganizes and Realigns Districts

Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) bylaws state districts are to be evaluated every five years to keep the Association current with changing demographics. The District Realignment Task Force was created at the 2019 General Council by the UPEA State Board to comply with this bylaw. The task force was given the assignment to:

  • Review membership numbers to ensure districts have a minimum of 200 members
  • Allocate Advisory Council seats for each district
  • Realign districts based on geography, employer, occupation, employment status, etc.
  • Renumber the districts
  • Other recommendations as needed

The District Realignment Task Force met multiple times to discuss possible changes and what would be most beneficial for UPEA. Members’ recommendations were presented and discussed at the Nov. 9 UPEA Advisory Council meeting. The recommendations were then voted on and passed by the UPEA Advisory Council and State Board.

Changes to the reorganization of the districts took effect Jan. 1.

Here are the new districts and the employee representatives for each.

  1. District1-Bear River
  • Includes all public employees and retirees in Cache, Rich, and Box Elder counties, along with higher education employees at Utah State University.
    • Employee representative: Hannah Gorski
  1. District 2-Ogden Valley
  • Includes all public employees in Weber and Davis counties, all public employees and retirees in Morgan County, and higher education employees at Weber State University.
    • Employee representative: Christy Berk
  1. District 3-Mountainlands
  • Includes all public employees in Utah County and higher education employees at Utah Valley University.
  • If you are currently working in Summit or Wasatch counties, you have been moved to District 6-Uintah Basin.
    • Employee representative: Sam Unruh
  1. District 4-Panoramaland
  • Includes all public employees and retirees in Juab, Sanpete, Sevier, Wayne, Garfield, Kane, and Piute counties, along with higher education employees at Snow College.
    • Employee representative: Christy Berk
  1. District 5-Color Country
  • Includes all public employees and retirees in Millard, Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties along with higher education employees at Southern Utah University and Dixie State University.
    • Employee representative: Kendle Zdunich
  1. District 6-Uintah Basin
  • Includes all public employees and retirees in Uintah, Duchesne, Summit, Wasatch, and Daggett counties.
    • Employee representative: Sam Unruh
  1. District 7-Southeastern.
  • Includes all public employees and retirees in Carbon, Emery, San Juan, and Grand counties.
    • Employee representative: Hannah Gorski
  1. District 8-Salt Lake Valley Local Government
  • Includes all city and county employees in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Davis counties, including the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department and Unified Police Department.
    • Employee representative: Christy Berk
  1. District 9-Law Enforcement Officers’ District
  • Includes all sworn officers in state agencies and noncertified staff working in law enforcement agencies throughout the state. It also includes retired employees from these agencies, except for those who retired from Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, and Weber counties.
    • Employee representative: Kendle Zdunich
  1. District 10-Transportation
  • Includes all state employees ofthe Department of Transportation in Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, and Weber counties.
    • Employee representative: Hannah Gorski

The North Temple and Salt Lake Valley General Government Districts were split into four districts, organized by geography rather than agency.

The new districts are:

  1. District11-North Temple
  • All state employees in the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake County
    • Employee representative: Hannah Gorski
  1. District 12-Downtown
  • All state employees from 300 North to 900 South and 700 East to Interstate 15 in the Salt Lake City area
    • Employee representative: Kendle Zdunich
  1. District 13-Salt Lake South East
  • All state employees in the southeast quadrant of Salt Lake County and higher education employees at the University of Utah
    • Employee representative: Christy Berk
  1. District 14-Salt Lake South West:
  • All state employees in the southwest quadrant of Salt Lake County and higher education employees at Salt Lake Community College.
  • This districtwill also include the move of the State Office Building to Taylorsville.
    • Employee representative: Sam Unruh

Changes to the Retirees’ District

  1. District 15: Retirees’ District
  • All retired public employees in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, and Utah counties will be placed in District 15-Retirees District. This district holds leadership meetings, socials and other functions along the Wasatch Front.
  • Employees retired from all other counties will be moved back to the district they retired from. This will help stabilize membership numbers, provide leadership opportunities, and will keep individuals with knowledge and connections within the outer lying districts.
  • If you are retirees who are asked to move back to their outlying district, but would like to remain in District 15-Retirees along the Wasatch Front, please contact Hannah Gorski at 801-264-8732 ext. 216.