Legislative Special Session Update

Thank you to each of you that are being asked to carry on during these uncertain times. We hope you are staying safe and healthy as we make our way through the current situation. Although the UPEA office is physically closed, we will continue to help and support you with any questions or concerns. Members can contact the UPEA staff during normal business hours by telephone or email.

UPEA will continue its contact with the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) to address employee concerns.  We will ensure that you stay informed on decisions that may impact your employment. If you have specific questions UPEA staff is available to address your concerns.

One of the items we are currently working on is communicating with legislative leadership.  The governor’s office and the legislature have both indicated they will be calling a virtual Special Session sometime in April to address the economic impact of COVID-19 on the state.  Legislative staff is currently working to coordinate this process.  UPEA continues to emphasize the increased importance of public employees, and the jobs they perform on behalf of the citizens of Utah, during this difficult time.

We anticipate the Special Session will focus on the budget that was proposed during the recent 2020 legislative session including public employee compensation.  UPEA has been in communication with House and Senate leadership, including the Governor’s office, and we have asked them to take a measured response based on the current situation regarding compensation. As we obtain additional information, we will communicate it with you.

There is strength in numbers – please encourage your coworkers to join online today. Click here to complete the membership form.

UPEA remains vigilant and is will continue to represent your interests.  Please stay safe and healthy.