Weigh in on the Upcoming Legislative Session

Each year, the Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) conducts a legislative survey to discover the biggest priorities, concerns, or questions members have regarding the legislative session. From the results of this survey, UPEA compiles its legislative package for the upcoming year.

Watch for an email with the survey link. If you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk folder. If you’ve ever unsubscribed from Survey Monkey, you will not be able to complete the survey. You can opt back in to Survey Monkey by visiting this link.

Members Across the State Have Joined Fellow Public Employees to Meet and Mingle During District Socials

UPEA staff and members have enjoyed the opportunity to meet with members and fellow employees during district sponsored socials throughout the summer. These events are planned and executed by each district to give members the opportunity to meet each other, learn more about UPEA, and have some fun in the process. Here are the socials that have happened this summer:

Mountainlands District

On August 3rd the Mountainlands District spent their Saturday evening at Rock Canyon Park in Provo. Despite the wind and rain, members enjoyed barbecue, magic tricks, balloon animals, and the beautiful view with their colleagues and families. All adults entered the raffle for gift baskets or Visa gift cards and 4 lucky winners were drawn. UPEA Executive Director, Todd Losser, Kendle Zdunich, and all of district leadership would like to thank everyone in attendance for braving the rain to socialize with UPEA.

Southeastern District

The Southeastern District reserved the Helper Pool on Friday, August 2nd for an evening of swimming and barbecuing. The pool was filled with Utah public employees and their family and friends. and their was a raffle for UPEA members. Executive Director, Todd Losser, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers from the local R&A market. Big thanks to District Chair, Mary Schulz, and Advisory member, Jeff Ollinger, for helping put together this fun event. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Social next year.

Salt Lake Valley Local Government District, North Temple District, & Salt Lake Valley General Government District

On July 27th, three districts within the Salt Lake Valley came together for a fun night of swimming and barbecuing at Crestwood Park in Sandy. Members of UPEA were able to enter a drawing for prizes, which included gift cards from places like TopGolf, Chili’s, and Jamba Juice. It was a great turnout! 125 people RSVP’d and 100 came to the event. Families were able to swim in the pool reserved exclusively for UPEA. It was a great atmosphere and UPEA members from across the Salt Lake Valley got to meet each other and engage outside the workplace.

Here are the socials planned for the coming months:

  • Bear River District – September 19th at 6:00pm, Location TBD
  • Color Country District – October 24th at Sizzler in Cedar City

If you don’t see your district social in the past or planned list, it may be because they hold their social in the winter. Reach out to your district representative for more information or to help plan an event in your area.


UPEA Launches Task Force to Provide Recommendations to State Board of Directors Regarding Employee Compensation

During the 2019 General Council meeting, delegates adopted a resolution calling for the Utah Public Employees’ Association’s (UPEA’s) State Board of Directors to appoint a task force to study state employee compensation and present its findings to the State Board by August 2019. The task force also was asked to provide a possible recommendation for UPEA to lobby for during the upcoming legislative session.

Seven employees and five UPEA staff members made up the task force. The employees represented several state agencies, including the Department of Transportation, Workforce Services, Corrections, and several others. The board appointed all task force members and asked them to meet three to four times throughout the summer.

The task force completed all of its meetings and provided a list of recommendations to the board. The list will be approved or altered during the next board meeting, and all UPEA members will be notified subsequently.



CAPE Committee Seeks a New Member

The Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) State Board of Directors is accepting applications for one vacancy on the Citizen Action by Public Employees (CAPE) Committee.  Qualified UPEA members who have served as district or chapter leaders for at least one year are eligible to apply.

The member who fills this position will serve a three-year term that will expire in December 2022.

The CAPE Committee endorses political candidates and organizes political activities for the Association.  To apply, submit a letter of intent and resumé to:


Attn:  Todd Losser

1000 Bellwood Lane

Murray, UT 84123

or email your information to todd@upea.net

Aug. 31 is the deadline to submit a letter of intent and resumé.  The UPEA State Board of Directors will conduct interviews.

UPEA Seeks Nominations for 2nd Vice President

UPEA is seeking nominations for Second Vice President.

Election to the position is a four-year commitment. The successful candidate will serve one year as second vice president, one year as first vice president, one year as president, and one year as immediate past president.

In order to be considered a candidate for second vice president a nominee must have been a dues-paying member of the Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) for one year immediately prior to the nomination.

Qualified nominees must notify the UPEA office of their intent to run by Oct. 2. Nominees also must submit the following documents by the deadline a letter of recommendation from their respective district.

Nominations will not be accepted for any individual who has served as immediate past president in the past year.

According to the UPEA bylaws, a primary election will be held if more than two qualified candidates are nominated for second vice president.

If needed, a primary election will be held from Dec. 15 to – Jan. 15, 2020.  A general election will be held from Feb. 1 to Mar. 1, 2020.  Ballots will be counted on March 7, 2020, or the first workday after March 7, 2020, to determine the winner.

The second vice president serves as chair of the UPEA Resolutions Committee and officially represents the State Board as a voting member on the CAPE Committee.

The first vice president serves as chair of the UPEA Legislative Committee, which oversees the Association’s legislative activity throughout the year.

Please submit any nominations and required documentation to Kendle Zdunich at Kendle@upea.net or at the UPEA offices,1000 West Bellwood Lane, Murray, UT, 84123.  If you have any questions please contact Kendle at (801) 264-8732.


Join Us for our Public Employee Appreciation Day Kickoff Party!

To celebrate the start of summer and our annual Public Employee Appreciation Days, we are throwing a kickoff barbecue here at the UPEA office! It will be held on Wednesday, May 29th from 11:00-2:00. All public employees are welcome to stop by for some burgers, hot dogs, and all kinds of summer treats!

UPEA members and non-members are welcome to stop by – so bring your coworkers for some lunch!

2019 General Council

UPEA Recognizes Contributions of Delegates, Honorees, and Staffers

The 2019 General Council recognition banquet was a success. More than 150 delegates, honorees, and staff members celebrated the hard work devoted to the Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) this year.  Many honorees for the Public Employee Salute, the MACU/UPEA Scholarship, and the top district recruiters attended to accept their awards.

UPEA’s outgoing president, Mark Murray, introduced the attendees at the head table, including Executive Director Todd Losser. Losser then introduced the UPEA staff members and thanked them for their work this year.

Hannah Gorski and Eric Buchanan then introduced the Public Employee Salute winners and invited them to the stage to be recognized. If you’d like to read about the Public Employee Salute winners, please click here for the complete article.

Kendle Zdunich then joined Eric Buchanan on the stage to congratulate the UPEA/Mountain America Scholarship winners and read about their academic accomplishments. To read more about the scholarship winners, please click here to read the complete article.

Finally, Murray recognized the top recruiters from each district, and then announced the recruiter of the year, Capt. Joe Doman with the Utah Department of Corrections. Murray thanked Doman for his hard work recruiting this year and encouraged all members of UPEA to work hard to grow the Association.

Brody Young, UPEA Member and Law Enforcement Ranger, Shares his Powerful Story with Delegates

Utah State Parks Ranger Brody Young’s story of survival inspired delegates at UPEA’s General Council.

On the night of Nov. 19, 2010, Young was ambushed while on patrol and shot nine times. He waited several hours for help to arrive and survived several surgeries after the incident. He captivated the audience with his retelling of the events that unfolded, and his description of what it took for him to return to work as a law enforcement officer. Young credits his will and fight to live on his training and on mercy from above.

Young is a UPEA member, and currently is the assistant boating program manager for Utah State Parks and Recreation.

Click here to learn more about Young and his incredible story.

Gov. Herbert’s Deputy Chief of Staff Praises State Employees and UPEA’s Work

Mike Mower, deputy chief of staff to Gov. Gary Herbert, praised public employees for their strong work ethic and dedication to their clients and the state.

“From what I have seen, public employees in the state of Utah are the most dedicated, persistent, and motivated employees I have ever had the pleasure to work with,” he said.

Mower himself is a public employee and a member of the UPEA. He applauded the hard work that UPEA staff and leadership executed at the Capitol during the legislative session, keeping lawmakers focused on the importance of public employees’ service to the state.

UPEA would like to thank everyone who attended General Council as a delegate, speaker, vendor, or honoree this year. The 2019 General Council was a success, and UPEA appreciates everyone who helped make it great.