2017 Benefit Fair Schedule

State Office Building Admin Building Auditorium April 18 10am-12:30pm
UDOT Richfield 708 S. 100 W. Admin Conf. Room April 20 10-11am
DOC Gunnison 255 E 300 N Lrg Training Room April 20 1-3pm
State Courts 450 S. State St. 1st Floor Conf. Rm April 25 11am-1pm
Dept. of Education 205 E. 500 S. Basement Conf. Rm April 26 10-11am
Ogden Regional Center 2540 Washington Blvd Conference Room April 27 10:30-12:30pm
Davis ATC 550 E. 300 S. Student Commons April 28 12-2:30pm
Calvin Rampton Building 4501 S. 2700 W. Atrium May 2 9-11am
Tax Commission 210 N. 1950 W. Room 1026 May 3 9-11am
USDC American Fork 895 N. 900 E. Heather Building May 4 1-3pm
DOC (Fred House) 14727 Minuteman Dr. Gymnasium May 10 10am-1pm
State Hospital – Provo 1300 E. Center St. Gymnasium May 11 12-2pm
Natural Resources 1594 W. North Temple Auditorium May 15 10-11am
Cannon Health Building 288 N. 1460 W. Room 125 May 16 10am-12pm
Workforce Services 140 E. 300 S. Room 101 N & 101 S May 17 10am-1pm
Dixie State University 225 S. 700 E. St. George Gardner Center Ballroom May 18 10am-12pm
MASOB Building 195 N. 1950 W. Common Area May 23 10am-12pm
Recovery Services 515 E. 100 S. 9th Floor Conference Rm. May 24 10-11am


State Employee Compensation

First Substitute House Bill 8, State Agency and Higher Education Compensation Appropriations, sponsored by Rep. Brad Last and Sen. Kevin Van Tassell will provide state employees with a 2% pay increase, funding for hot spots, and funding for the Department of Corrections career ladder.  The bill passed both the House and Senate and has been sent to the Governor. 

As you will recall, Governor Herbert initially proposed a 1% pay increase for state employees.  UPEA began the Legislative session with an uphill battle, and has spent numerous hours meeting with and educating legislators about the importance of state employee pay.  In addition, UPEA members were committed to contacting their legislators and asking for additional compensation.  The result of these efforts was overwhelmingly positive. 

State Employee Compensation Update

All session, UPEA has worked closely with legislative leadership on public employee compensation. On Friday, March 3rd the Executive Appropriations Committee approved budget changes to HB08 – State Agency and Higher Education Compensation Appropriations to state employee compensation. The changes include a 2% pay increase, hot spot funding, and funding for the Department of Corrections career ladder. The bill will go through the House and Senate for final passage.

To learn more about the bill, click here – http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/HB0008.html. A substitute bill has been written, but hasn’t yet been adopted – http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/hbillint/HB0008S01.pdf.

Contact Christy Cushing at 801-264-8732 ext. 218 or christy@upea.net if you have questions.

The DOC Career Ladder Funding Request Moves Forward to Executive Approprioations Committee

On Tuesday February 14, 2017 the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee met to prioritize their funding requests. The committee voted that their number 1 budget priority was funding the ongoing $5,854,200 to establish a career ladder for the Certified Officers at the Department of Corrections.

The Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee’s priorities will be presented to the Executive Appropriations Committee Thursday February 16th starting at 4:10pm for further consideration.

UPEA has continued to meet with legislators and other stakeholders to advocate the association’s full support of the career ladder. 

Please call Christy Cushing, UPEA’s Field Services Manager (801) 264-8732 ext. 218 or email christy@upea.net if you have any specific questions or comments.

DABC Changes to Help Increase Employee Compensation

Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, is sponsoring SB 155 – Alcohol Beverage Control Budget Amendments. This bill modifies provisions related to the budget of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) as well as addresses the department’s base budget to provide use of specific funds for specified purposes.

The Department may retain each fiscal year from the Liquor Control Fund, $1,000,000 that the department may use for: capital equipment purchases, performance awards for department employees, and information technology enhancements.

Todd Losser, Executive Director of UPEA, testified in favor of the bill as it provides additional avenues for employees of the DABC.

This bill is currently on the Senate Floor for 2nd Reading/Consent Calendar and UPEA will continue to monitor any changes and update our members.

SB 127, State Board of Education Amendments

Sen. Ann Millner, R- Ogden, is sponsoring a bill that would allow the Utah State Board of Education to vote to designate jobs, within this agency, as at-will positions.  The bill was presented to the Senate Education Standing Committee on Thursday, February 2, 2017.  Todd Losser, Executive Director of UPEA, spoke in opposition to the bill and testified that “UPEA has reviewed Senate Bill 127 and opposes any legislation that will modify, reduce, or end merit protections.”  The bill will be heard on the Senate floor next week. UPEA is in the process of attempting to amend the bill to exempt non-management employees. UPEA will keep its members updated as the bill moves forward.

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