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Local Government Update: Salt Lake County Payroll Change & Upcoming UPEA/MACU Budget Q&As


At the January 23, 2018 Salt Lake County Committee of the Whole meeting, the Council voted in favor of switching payroll from bi-monthly to bi-weekly, beginning in July 2018. In partnership with Mountain America Credit Union, UPEA is providing a Budgeting 101 Presentation to all Salt Lake County Employees on:


Date Time Q&A Location
Wed. May 2 12:00pm-1:00pm Viridian Event Center / West Jordan Library

Held in Park View Room

8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan

Thurs. May 3 11:00am-1:00pm*

*1st  presentation 11-12 & 2nd from 12-1pm.

SLCo Govt. Center

Held in Council Chambers & North Atrium

2001 South State Street, SLC

(Food only allowed in North Atrium)

Wed. May 9 12:15pm-1:00pm UPEA Office

Held in Main Conference Room

1000 West Bellwood Lane, Murray UT 84123

Mon. May 14 12:00pm-1:00pm SLCo Criminal Justice Services

Held in CSJ Classroom 8

145 East 1300 South, Suite 401, SLC

Mon. May 14 2:30pm-3:30pm SLCo Youth Services

Held in Classroom C130

177 W Price, Ave, SLC

Tues. May 15 12:00pm-1:00pm SLCo Environmental Health

Held in the Auditorium

788 Woodoak Lane, Murray

Thurs. May 17  2:45pm-4:00pm SLCo Operations, Flood Control and Fleet Division

Held in the Crew Room

604 West 6960 South, Midvale


All county employees are invited to attend the Budget 101 presentations. Lunch will be provided at each Q&A and is sponsored by UPEA & MACU. RSVP is required to lunch, to ensure enough food is available. For questions or to RSVP, email Christy Cushing at or call 801-264-8732 ext. 218. Click here for a PDF flyer with all the location information.

UPEA Standing Committee Information

As a grassroots organization, UPEA has 8 Standing Committees. The purpose of our Standing Committees is to provide direct input and recommendations from the general membership, chapters, and districts to the Advisory Council and State Board. Members are encouraged to be involved with the Standing Committees.

Each committee meets about 2-5 times a year, in the evening during the week. Meetings are held at UPEA’s office in Murray – 1000 West Bellwood Lane, Murray UT 84123. A light dinner is provided for participants. You can also attend meetings via conference call. If you live outside of SLCo and travel to the UPEA office to participate you will receive mileage reimbursement.

Insurance and Retirement:

  • This committee reviews and monitors health insurance and retirement issues.
  • For more information on this committee or to attend a meeting please contact Kendle Zdunich at

Human Resource Policy and Rules:

  • This committee is responsible to track any changes to DHRM Rules and Regulations being proposed by DHRM or other legislative bodies.
  • Secondary purpose of this committee is to review other Human Resource policies pertaining to specific state agencies and/or local government agencies.
  • For more information or to attend a meeting please contact Christy Cushing at

General Council:

  • This committee coordinates and plans UPEA’s annual General Council.
  • For more information or to attend a committee please contact Angie Mann at

Grievance Appeal and Representation:

  • This committee reviews employee grievances where the employee is requesting additional representation by UPEA and UPEA legal counsel.
  • Recommendations are then taken to the Board and voted upon by this body.
  • For more information or to attend a meeting please contact


  • This committee determines the UPEA legislative platform for upcoming years and monitor upcoming issues being addressed through interim committees.
  • For more information or to attend a meeting please contact Todd Losser at

Membership Services and Public Relations:

  • This committee looks at what UPEA offers its members and work to enhance these opportunities. They also explore options to improve public relations and bolster membership.
  • For more information or to attend a PR committee meeting, please contact Kendle at

Articles and Bylaws:

  • This committee reviews UPEA’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and make recommended changes which are then voted upon by the Advisory Council and State Board which is then voted upon during General Council.
  • For more information or to attend a committee meeting, please contact Todd at


  • Recommends resolutions to UPEA’s Bylaws and Policy and Platform.
  • For more information or to attend a committee meeting, please contact



UPEA/Mountain America Scholarship Recipients are Role Models for Public Service

The Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 $1,000 scholarships sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union. This is the 11th year that UPEA has offered these scholarships, and the applications are only getting more impressive.

Selections are based on academic achievement, community service, future plans, and skills or hobbies outside of school. UPEA sought to find three well-balanced individuals who will use this money to further their careers and continue to serve the community. UPEA appreciates the service provided by public employees and hopes that these scholarships serve to ensure that the next generation embraces that commitment.  The scholarship recipients are:

Breanna Monson is the first scholarship recipient. She will graduate this May from Westlake High School with a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA). She currently ranks first in her class of 860 students.

Monson enjoys ballroom dancing and serves as the vice president of the Westlake Ballroom Dance Company. Breanna is dedicated to her church and serves on her stake youth council, as a counselor at girl’s camp, and volunteers to tutor students at Frontier Middle School. She hopes to attend college to study biomedical engineering. She will pursue a career in healthcare and hopes to create a system by which diabetics can check their glucose levels without pricking their fingers. She would also like to develop a machine that can detect cancerous and precancerous cells.

Kilee Lamb is the second recipient. She graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA while taking concurrent enrollment and honor classes. She continued her academic success at Dixie University, where she is studying business administration and maintains a 3.96 GPA.

She enjoys art, crafting, and photography, and even sells her pieces to family, friends, and neighbors. She also loves soccer, and was granted a scholarship to Dixie to play on the women’s team. She served as the team captain, which gave her the opportunity to volunteer at youth soccer camps, teach soccer to special-needs children, and referee youth games. After completing her degree in business administration, Kilee hopes to pursue digital design, and open her own design, décor, and artwork business.

Gracie Steele is the final recipient. She will graduate from Carbon High School this May with a 4.0 GPA. She has been on the honor roll since the first quarter of her freshman year.

Steele enjoys dancing and has been participating on her school drill team as a Dino Dynamic. She keeps busy hunting, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. Additionally, Steele serves as the National Honor Society president. In this role, she has helped plan and participate in flood clean-ups, volunteered at nursing homes, and made blankets and Christmas packages for patients at Primary Children’s Medical Center. She currently works as a physical therapy aid at Pro-Rehab and plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy at Utah State University Eastern in Price. Once she has completed all her schooling, Steele wants to serve as a physical therapist in Carbon County.

Rules Corner: Understand Terminology Related to Job Changes

It is important to understand the correct terms to describe the movement of an employee to a new job or position. During the grievance procedure, the meanings and applications of the terms “transfer,” “reassignment,” and “demotion” can be confusing. The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) is charged with setting out employment rules as well as defining them. The current DHRM rules can be found at


DHRM Rule R477-1(109): An action not mandated by management moving an employee from one job or position to another job or position with an equal or lesser salary range maximum for which the employee qualifies. A transfer may include a decrease in actual wage.

Typically, a transfer is at the request of the employee and not the agency. However, an agency may offer another position to an employee. The employee ultimately makes the decision whether to accept the offer. The DHRM rule explains that in transferring positions, the agency may decrease an employee’s actual wage.


DHRM Rules R477-1(98): An action mandated by management moving an employee from one job or position to a different job or position with an equal or lesser salary range maximum for administrative reasons. A reassignment may not include a decrease in actual wage except as provided in federal or state law.

This rule offers agencies a way of moving an employee to another job position without having to defend its action in a demotion grievance. The key here is that the movement must not include a decrease in actual wage. A decrease in the employee’s actual wage would be classified as a demotion.


DHRM Rule R477-1(32): A disciplinary action resulting in a reduction of an employee’s current actual wage.

A demotion involves disciplinary action and therefore must be preceded by a Notice of Intent to Discipline. This sets out the “just cause” for the action. In cases where an employee is being disciplined, employees have the right to addresses the issue(s) set forth in the notice through the Grievance Procedure. To learn more about the disciplinary action and the Grievance Procedure, check the Utah Code, Chapter 19a, beginning at Section 67-19a-101.



Erin Stephens is UPEA’s Top Recruiter

The heart of any employee organization is membership growth and sustainability. The Utah Public Employees Association (UPEA) is no different. Public employees who needed a voice established UPEA as a grassroots organization, and the Association continues to operate today under the guidance and leadership of outstanding members.

We are so grateful to our members who help us grow our organization and affect change at the Legislature. Since June 2017, UPEA has added 407 new members.

During each quarter, the names of all the recruiters were put into a bowl and one name was randomly drawn for a $25 check. Quarterly drawing winners include:


  • FY17 1st – Barry Asay – District 4 – Mountainlands
  • FY17 2nd – Joe Doman – District 11 – Law Enforcement
  • FY17 3rd – Lillian Dopp – District 2 – Ogden Valley
  • FY17 4th – Carmen Dickson – District 13 – North Temple


  • The annual recruiter winner (1st, 2nd and 3rd FY17 Quarters) – $200 reward Lance Mooney – District 5 – Panoramaland

Top district recruiters – each receives a $25 check

      • District 1 – Bear River:                   Katie Hinsohn
      • District 2 – Ogden Valley:              Pattie Maw
    • District 4 – Mountainlands:                 Cole Robinson
    • District 5 – Panoramaland:                  Colton Curtis
    • District 6 – Color Country:                  Perrie Colette
    • District 7 – Uintah Basin:                    Rebecca Pittman
    • District 8 – Southeastern:                   Angela McCourt
    • District 10 –SL Valley Local Gov.:       Steve Retford
    • District 11 – Law Enforcement:         Johnny Christiansen
    • District 12 – Transportation:              Craig Beckstead
    • District 13 – North Temple:               Erin Stephens
    • District 14 – SL Valley General Gov: Lori Benton
  • Recruiter of the Year – $250 check Erin Stephens – North Temple District

Stephens graduated from the University of Utah and has worked for the Division of Child and Family Services for more than 10 years. Stephens has been a UPEA member for 10 years.  She believes that strong advocacy for state workers is the key to our betterment. She has served at the district level, on various committees and on the Advisory Council.

Stephens adopted two girls who were in the foster care system and hopes to adopt another child, a boy, soon.

Thank you for your dedication to UPEA!

Public Employee Salute Winners

The Utah Public Employee Association (UPEA) is proud to participate in the Public Employee Salute Program.  The idea for the program began in 1999, when a past UPEA executive director noticed that KSL Radio had a special segment to recognize Utah teachers.  The segment is commonly known as the “Teacher Feature.”  However, there was no feature recognizing Utah’s public employees.  The following year, the UPEA and Mountain America Credit Union Public Employee Salute program began.

The following individuals have been nominated and recognized with the Public Employee Salute for their hard work for the state of Utah.

February 2018

Anna Larson

Larson is a supervisor at the Department of Workforce Services. She has worked for the state of Utah for the past 30-plus years. As a supervisor, Larson is committed to developing strong relationships with her coworkers. Her dedication and commitment to her staff encourages them to provide the best customer service to the public. An example of this is when Larson rewarded a coworker for helping another coworker out of a sticky situation. While the knowledge of this reward was just between Larson and the two coworkers, this simple action helped solidify teamwork between the two employees. Not only is Larson dedicated to recognizing coworkers in her office, she is also known for recognizing DWS customers. One example involves a student who was struggling to pay for her tuition. Close to the end of her schooling, but “maxed out” of funding for tuition, Larson was instrumental in getting this student extra funding to finish her last semester.

Delbert Beddoes

Beddoes is a grounds supervisor at the Utah State Hospital in Provo. He is one of the most positive employees on the campus and is always willing to help with any issues that arise. He has single-handedly been responsible for entering the maintenance department’s inventory on the new accounting computer system. Beddoes is widely known for his customer service, bright smile, and willingness to help anyone at the State Hospital.

Seth Nelson

Nelson is an environmental health scientist at the Salt Lake County Health Department in Murray. He is an expert with any technical problems that arise in the department, and excels at making charts and graphs on the computer, helping the Food Bureau to run more efficiently. Nelson is always willing to help employees with any questions or issues, is good at resolving conflict, and handles all problems with a warm and quiet demeanor.

March 2018

Gail Roskelley

Agent Roskelley has served the community for more than 20 years in the Utah Department of Corrections. She helped develop the mental health court program more than 10 years ago, and has since served as the mental health court probation agent as well as the court liaison for video arraignments. She takes on the role of a mentor and cares for those she works with. Roskelley is always willing to assist with any issues that arise and is always available for calls after hours. She is the first agent called when questions occur, and she is the go-to agent by her coworkers for anything that comes up. She cares about her clients, and works hard to help them be successful. Her goal for the past 20 years has been to ensure a safe community.

Solomon Schiedell

Schiedell is an employment counselor at the South Davis Office Department of Workforce Services. His many skills afford him the ability to work with all clients, but he primarily works on youth training cases. Schiedell works toward his commitment of helping clients attain self-sufficiency through employment, training, and any other assistance needed. He listens whole-heartedly to clients, helping them to solve problems and overcome barriers and obstacles. He is thorough, analytical, and reliable, emphasizing that no goal is too hard and no task too impossible.

Thomas Smith

Smith is a great asset to the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) as a business relations specialist. He is an easy-going person who handles his position in the utmost professional manner. Smith is responsible for coordinating both the Employer Workshop and Workability Job Fair, which take place four times a year. Much planning is involved in creating these events, which provide valuable information to employers regarding hiring individuals with disabilities.  His expertise in business relations helps make these events a success. Smith has a way of bringing coworkers and committee members together as a team. He is a true team player who helps make the events and day-to-day life in the office run smoothly. He doesn’t mind being assigned other responsibilities and is always willing to drive his coworkers in the state van to DWS events.  Smith is an awesome person to work with who is always friendly and courteous.

Britton Lund

Lund is the Bookmobile program manager for the Heritage and Arts Department, working nonstop to provide library services to the rural areas of Utah. Lund’s hard work helps bring the magic of the written word to the schools and assisted-living centers in small-town Utah. To these communities, the Bookmobile provides library services that otherwise would not be readily available. Lund helps to make possible the experience for a kid to go to a “library on wheels” to find a book that provides information on subjects they have never heard before or read a story that exercises their imagination. Lund works tirelessly to provide well-trained and motivated staff while ensuring that the trucks are well-maintained and on schedule, offering up-to-date and relevant collections to the patrons they serve. With tight budgets and ever-looming cuts, Lund has been creative in providing this service to as many communities as possible.

UPEA wants to congratulate all of our Public Employee Salute winners and thank them for their extraordinary work for the state of Utah. The Public Employee Salute is an ongoing program UPEA is proud to be a part of. Please nominate any fellow coworkers who you believe deserve recognition for their hard work.

Mark Murray’s General Council President’s Speech

This message has been transcribed from Mark Murray’s speech at General Council on March 23, 2018.

It’s wonderful to see a lot of familiar faces over the many years that I’ve been involved. I’ve been with the state 23-plus years, almost 24 years. I’ve also been involved with UPEA for about 23 years now and it’s been an honor and a privilege to work with UPEA and to work with all of you great people.

I have the opportunity to travel a lot. As I travel, I look at other states to see what’s going on with their state employees and law enforcement officers. When I was down in Texas, I didn’t realize that when you’re driving down there and it’s raining, you better have your lights turned on. It’s a good thing, because an officer who looked like Barney Fife was staring me down because I didn’t have my lights on, but he was tied up in an accident, but I saw the sign requiring such. It is fun to watch employees in different areas and different states and see what happens. It makes you realize how great Utah’s public employees really are. You know things happen. We’re behind the doors and nobody sees a lot of us, except for those right out in front of us, but the things that you do are so important. You’re the ones that make this state move forward because of your jobs. I don’t care what it is, how small you think it is; it is important and vital to the state of Utah, because you’re the ones making Utah great. I really appreciate everything that everyone in this room does. We have our association here that fights for our rights, for our wages, and to make sure that everything is aligned and that we’re not being taken  advantage of.

There’s a little story that happened years ago, when I was parked down there at the Sears at Fashion Place. I was in the store, my wife was in the passenger seat and our 2 ½- or 3-year-old son was in the driver’s seat pretending he was driving the car. Some lady pulled up there, stopped, trying to be a Good Samaritan and let them in so they could proceed on their way, but there were about three things that she didn’t see. One of them was the driver was only about 3 years old, the other one was that there was an island there about 6 inches high up that they were parked in front of, and the third one was that there was about a 2 ½-inch-high hedge in front of the car. But she tried frantically to try to let them in and finally gave up in frustration and just left. Our jobs are kind of like that, there are barriers or hedges that block our way. That’s where we come in, as UPEA and our staff tears down these hedges to create a path where we can accomplish the tasks and things that we need to do, and you are the ones who do that.

I compliment our staff. They are awesome. There are things we get to see on Advisory and the Board, seeing what staff do, where you realize and appreciate how wonderful these people are and everything that they are doing for us. They are the ones that are there on our behalf making sure that things are happening, and they are the ones up on the Hill, making sure the good bills go through and the bad ones are stopped. And I am so appreciative of our staff and for what they do for us. I am also really appreciative of all of you for being here and for taking part in this, because you’re the ones that make UPEA happen. Dennis, will you stand up for a minute? Take a look at his shirt there. The law enforcement district comes up with a different t-shirt every year and if I remember right it says “attitude is everything” is that correct?” –Dennis said “yes.” And it is, attitude is everything and I try to instill that in my employees, because I know that you have to have a good attitude no matter what. Things look bad, but you always have a good attitude because they are going to be better. I appreciate all of you and everything that you’ve done and carry on!

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