Wayne Anderton and Christie Workman Second Vice President Election Platforms

The Utah Public Employees’ Association State Board of Directors was notified that Desmond Lomax withdrew his candidacy from the UPEA Second Vice Presidential Campaign. The UPEA State Board voted to hold a final election between Wayne Anderton and Christie Workman.

Within UPEA, the second vice president’s responsibilities include:

  • Serving as chairman of the Resolutions Committee, which reviews resolutions and makes recommendations to the General Council and proposes a platform for the coming year
  • Representing the State Board as a voting member of the Citizen Action by Public Employees’ (CAPE) Committee.

General election ballots will be accepted from February 18 – March 10, 2020. Please become familiar with the final candidates and cast your vote online via survey link, or by mail via certified ballot. An electronic ballot will be sent to all members by default; if there is no email attached to the membership, a certified ballot and return envelope will be sent to the address on file.

All votes must be cast or postmarked by March 1, 2020.

Wayne Anderton

Hi, my name is Wayne Anderton. I have been employed by Tooele County for the past 22 years, and I’ve been a member of UPEA for 20 years. I have spent the past several years as an active member of UPEA in Tooele County, working full time and pursuing my bachelor’s degree in natural resource management. The experience I have gained through my employment, my higher education, and the opportunities I have had working with UPEA on issues such as wage disparity, cancellation of post-retirement benefits, and leave compensation changes give me the confidence and leadership skills to help guide the Association for the next four years. I have confidence in my ability to work with UPEA’s officers and leadership to make the organization stronger and more unified. I intend to focus on the following objectives as second vice president:

UPEA has a diverse membership that includes state, county, local government, public safety, and retired members. The Association has something to offer every public employee, and I am committed to work with UPEA staff to create a strong voice for all public employees. Through communication and representation, I will work to increase UPEA’s membership.

Utah’s greatest asset is its public employees. As an officer of UPEA, I am committed to create a positive public perception for public employees through education of both the public and elected officials.

I will work with the excellent UPEA staff and leadership to effectively communicate to elected officials the economic position and needs of Utah’s public employees. I will help create a plan to educate policymakers and other stakeholders about the tremendous work public employees do for the citizens of this state. In return, public employees’ pay and benefits need to be at the forefront of discussions, and I will help organize and implement a long-term plan to address the pay and benefit needs of public employees.

Christie Workman

My name is Christie Workman and I am running for UPEA Second Vice President. I have been a state employee for 23 years and work for the Office of Rehabilitation. I have been an active member of UPEA since I joined during my first year of employment.

Recruiting and retaining employees is important and my goal as Second Vice President is to increase public employee pay. As a member of UPEA’s State Board, I helped create and support the initiative to increase pay by 5%. It is important to support UPEA’s grassroots campaign to contact your legislator and educate them on the value of state employees on behalf of Utah’s citizens.

Let’s work together to educate legislators, policymakers, and our coworkers about the importance of UPEA and the work the association does to advocate and protect the rights of public employees.

I will also recognize, promote, and support the retirees of UPEA. Retired members are a valuable asset and provide working members with institutional knowledge and access to their experience. Retirees are a strong voice for public employees and make UPEA better.

We can make positive changes for public employees and retirees and I am proud to be involved. We are all important!