As the end of the 2022 session approaches, legislators will meet to discuss compensation for state employees. Now is the time to contact your senator & representative to ask for their support of the Governor’s Budget recommendations, including:

    • 3.5% across-the-board salary increase
    • funding for the projected 6.7% health insurance increase
    • continuity of the $26 401(k) match
    • over $12 million for targeted pay increases for below-market positions
    • additional agency funding requests to address recruitment and retention

3 Easy Steps for Contacting Your Legislators

FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS

MAKE THE FIRST CONTACT

FOLLOW UP

  • Click here and enter your home address in the search bar
  • Click the photos to find their contact information

  • Introduce yourself
  • Make it personal, but remain professional
  • Clearly state your reason for contacting them (compensation, retention, retirement, etc.)

  • If you do not receive a response, send reminders to ensure they don’t forget who you are and what’s important to you

TALKING POINTS FOR THE 2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

    • State employees are essential workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic State employees are falling further behind their market counterparts
    • Support for the 3.5% COLA and 2% funding towards the targeted funding list 
    • Support for all positions on the targeted list receiving funding 
    • Support for the 3 weeks of paid parental leave included in the Governor’s budget 
    • Recruitment, retention and compression issues you’ve seen and experienced

Be sure to use your own time and personal resources to avoid a conflict of interest. You are reaching out as a constituent who works for the state, not as a representative of your agency. Feel free to let your representatives know that you are a UPEA member.

Check out UPEA’s video tutorials for more information about contacting your legislators.

ACROSS-THE-BOARD increases by year