UPEA will lobby to support the Governor’s recommendations for a 3.5% Cost-of-Living adjustment (COLA) and the $12 million in funding for targeted compensation increases. 66.4% of UPEA members selected compensation as their highest priority for the upcoming session.
UPEA will advocate for the Legislature to fully fund the 6.7% health insurance premium increase, and keep the current structure of health insurance co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and other plan benefits funded at the same rate. Premium increases or benefit changes should be applied equitably between the Star and Traditional plans. UPEA also supports equal marketing of both the Traditional and Star plans.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for increased mental health coverage is more prominent than ever. UPEA will lobby to secure enhanced mental health benefits including increased coverage, additional providers, and educational resources to guide employees through the mental health treatment process.
The URS membership board voted to change the current assumed rate of return (ROI) from 6.95 to 6.85%. This may change the URS Tier II retirement system to a contributory system. UPEA will support legislation to keep the Tier II system non-contributory.
The Career Service System provides due process rights and protections for schedule B employees. UPEA will lobby to maintain the current system for employees. Click here to learn more about 2022 legislation that may impact career service system protections.
UPEA will lobby the legislature to continue to provide employees in designated positions with the option to telework when possible, and ensure they are provided the resources necessary to do so effectively.
UPEA will protect, or support enhancements to, the current leave structure.
UPEA will lobby against any efforts to eliminate employees’ ability to have UPEA dues deducted from their paychecks automatically following voluntary enrollment.
UPEA has an interest in preserving efficient, effective, and responsible governmental functions. UPEA will evaluate all moves to privatize any functions currently being conducted by public employees.
Throughout the last five legislative sessions, multiple bills have been sponsored to modify the post-retirement re-employment benefit. UPEA supports enhancing post-retirement legislation for the benefit of its members.