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About UPEA

UPEA is the largest labor organization representing public employees in Utah - working to ensure they are protected, compensated, and appreciated.

Founded in 1959, UPEA is an independent, member-based Association representing you as public employees. UPEA is not, and never has been affiliated with a union of any kind. UPEA is very important to the political process in the state of Utah. The strength of the Association lies in its numbers, member involvement and the experience of its staff.

The UPEA lobby team works with members to improve public service, ensuring that you as a public employee are protected, compensated and appreciated. Public employees’ issues require constant monitoring, revision and advocacy. UPEA works full-time with policy makers at the Utah legislature to protect you as a public employee.

The organization was the first voice public employees had in the state – The benefits you have are available because of UPEA and the courage of past public employees.

“This was my very first experience, in this area of uncharted waters, being disciplined by my employer. I was afraid, nervous, concerned, and worried about my employment. Upon contacting UPEA and meeting with my representative, [she] was able to help me better understand the process that was about to begin. UPEA was helpful with all of my fears and concerns. BIG THANK YOU to [my representative] and UPEA staff!”
- State Courts Employee
“UPEA has been incredible to me. They have supported me and provided guidance through the grievance process, something I’ve never been through. [My representative] listened with an open-mind and worked with me to find a solution. UPEA is considerate of the situation and wants to help you feel comfortable through it all. UPEA has been a tremendous help; I can’t thank them enough. I’m glad I went through this process with UPEA by my side.”
- Department of Human Services Employee

UPEA helps you, as a member, resolve workplace grievances. UPEA staff is experts in helping employees navigate your human resource policies that ensure you’re treated fairly.

UPEA staff monitors the issues that affect you. When you’re a member, UPEA keeps you informed of important policy decisions and they help guide the decisions that affect your career. UPEA staff meets with state and local policymakers and department heads throughout the year to ensure you are represented.


  • To stand against the privatization of public employee jobs.
  • To protect against the erosion of public employee benefits.
  • To guarantee due process.
  • To gain knowledge about the political process and how public employees are affected.
  • Because more members means a stronger association.
  • Because membership means representation in employee/employer matters.
  • Because UPEA works tirelessly to track the issues that affect your employment.
  • Because it is much more difficult for employers to discriminate against a person who knows their rights.
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Murray, UT. 84107

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