The Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) is a valuable resource when an employee encounters any workplace issues. UPEA staffers hope that their members never experience disciplinary action; however, representatives are available for our members if workplace issues arise. From written warnings to terminations, UPEA can represent its members throughout the grievance process and use UPEA resources to help employees navigate the procedure. UPEA staff is knowledgeable about DHRM policy and can help employees understand their grievance rights, prepare statements and responses, provide physical representation at hearings, and coordinate with our employment attorney at Kirton & McConkie to address legal questions that may arise. All of these services are included in membership in UPEA, no further costs are associated.
Here is what members say about their experience with UPEA during the grievance process:
“I am so grateful for getting the opportunity to work with [my UPEA representative]. She was patient and understanding. She helped me look at my situation from different angles and make it better. UPEA is here to help; take the chance, even if you don’t feel like it will help, it’s so worth it!”
— Salt Lake County employee
“I know I can call [my UPEA representative] and ask questions, or just ask for her opinion and it is provided without judgment or hesitation. I mentor new employees and always encourage them to join; I provide firsthand testimony of how UPEA helps us to grow personally and professionally. I am UPEA’s biggest supporter. Thank you to the UPEA team for all you do.”
— Department of Workforce Services employee
All UPEA members have access to grievance representation after six months of membership. If you have any questions or concerns about your employment or you’ve been given a disciplinary action, please don’t hesitate to contact your UPEA representative.