Don’t Miss Out on UPEA Member Discounts

UPEA members are eligible for numerous discounts. We appreciate your continuing support and want to remind you to take full advantage. You are eligible to receive discounts for Vivint Smart Home Arena events, Sprint services, and even on Hotels wherever you may travel. If a login or access code are required to receive a discount, please contact UPEA at 801-264-8732for assistance.

View the full list of discounts here.

Winter 2016 Standing Committee Updates

Membership Services and Public Relations Committee

At the last UPEA Membership Services and Public Relations Committee meeting, Pam Sorensen drew the first quarter (July to September 2016) winner for UPEA’s Recruiter Giveaway program.  The winner was Tara Brunatti from District 10, Salt Lake Valley Local Government District, who will receive a $50 check.  During the quarter there were 53 recruiters and 189 new members.

The committee will draw the second quarter (October to December 2016) winner on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the UPEA office.  If you would like to be in the drawing, ask your co-workers to join UPEA online at and list you as the recruiter!  In addition, both of you will receive the $20 recruiter/$20 new member incentive.

If you are interested in attending the next Membership Services and Public Relations Committee meeting, contact Christy Cushing at (801) 264-8732 ext. 218 or

Grievance Committee

Last month the Grievance Committee met and discussed the Salt Lake County grievance and appeal process.  Unlike the state where the fourth level of review is the Career Service Review Office, Salt Lake County’s fourth level of review is the Career Service Council.  The individuals who serve on the Career Service Council cannot be public employees or employed by Salt Lake County.

The Grievance Committee also reviewed a previous Salt Lake County suspension case UPEA handled last winter.

The Committee’s next meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 26,  at 6 p.m. at the UPEA office.  The committee tentatively plans to discuss a previous state of Utah termination case where the association prevailed and the termination was overturned.  If you are interested in attending the next committee meeting, contact Christy Cushing at (801) 264-8732 ext. 218 or  If you have questions related to the grievance process, contact your UPEA staff representative.

UPEA Election Day Celebration


The Citizen Action by Public Employees (CAPE) Committee is made up of Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) members who volunteer their time to interview and endorse public employee-friendly candidates.  CAPE Committee members ensure that public employees have a voice and are represented in the political process.  Jeff Horrocks, who currently serves as the committee’s chairman, states that, “CAPE provides public employees, who may not have the time or resources, the opportunity to have a voice in the election and know that the candidates endorsed by the Committee will represent their interests and rights.”

The CAPE Committee has been meeting since the beginning of the year to discuss, interview, and endorse political candidates who are running for office.  Candidates are asked about their views on a variety of public employee issues such as compensation, benefits, retirement, healthcare, and privatization.  The responses by the candidates are one factor in determining whether the committee will endorse a particular candidate.  They also take into account the candidate’s voting history (if he or she is an incumbent), and if he or she has been favorable of UPEA issues in the past.  After the formal interview process, the committee discusses whether the candidate will continue to support public employee issues once elected.  An endorsement vote is taken to determine whether the committee will endorse or remain neutral in a specific race.

It is important to endorse and elect public employee-friendly candidates.  These are the individuals who determine and establish pay and benefits.  Through the power of voting, public employees decide who will represent them on crucial issues.

CAPE-Endorsed Candidates

To find your Senator and Representative click here

Office Candidate
Governor Gov. Gary Herbert
Senate 1 Sen. Luz Escamilla (D)
Senate 6 Sen. Wayne Harper (R)
Senate 8 Sen. Brian Shiozawa (R)
Senate 23 Sen. Todd Weiler (R)
Senate 24 Sen. Ralph Okerlund (R)
Senate 25 Sen. Lyle Hillyard (R)
Senate 27 Sen. David Hinkins (R)
House 4 Rep. Edward Redd (R)
House 8 Rep. Gage Froerer (R)
House 10 Rep. Dixon Pitcher (R)
House 13 Rep. Paul Ray (R)
House 16 Rep. Steve Handy (R)
House 20 Rep. Becky Edwards (R)
House 21 Rep. Doug Sagers (R)
House 22 Rep. Susan Duckworth (D)
House 23 Rep. Sandra Hollins (D)
House 24 Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D)
House 25 Rep. Joel Briscoe (D)
House 26 Rep. Angela Romero (D)
House 28 Rep. Brian King (D)
House 29 Rep. Lee Perry (R)
House 31 Rep. Sophia DiCaro (R)
House 33 Rep. Craig Hall (R)
House 35 Rep. Mark Wheatley (D)
House 36 Rep. Patrice Arent (D)
House 37 Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D)
House 38 Rep. Eric Hutchings (R)
House 39 Rep. Jim Dunnigan (R)
House 40 Rep. Lynn Hemingway (D)
House 44 Rep. Bruce Cutler (R)
House 46 Rep. Marie Poulson (D)
House 49 Rep. Robert Spendlove (R)
House 58 Rep. Derrin Owens (R)
House 60 Rep. Brad Daw (R)
House 63 Rep. Dean Sanpei (R)
House 68 Rep. Merill Nelson (R)
House 69 Rep. Brad King (D)
House 72 Rep. John Westwood (R)
House 74 Rep. Lowry Snow (R)
SLCo Council-at-large B Council Member Richard Snelgrove (R)
SLCo Council #2 Council Member Michael Jensen (R)
SLCo Council #6 Council Member Max Burdick (R)

Retiree District Minutes

Minutes of Retirees District

May 3, 2016

Attending: Elaine Bonham, Don & Vonda Bahr, Max Collotzi, Lenny & Mary Louise Arnell, Lennis & Myrna Anderson, Robert & Yvette Steele, Alene Schwei (staff), Gus Garzarelli, Andy Rasmussen, John L. Rasmussen, Ron Velasquez, Maurice Wells, Joe Taylor, Garr Ovard, Norm Rentschler, Steve Dickson, Pete Negus, Mel Provost.

Mel called the meeting to order. The pledge was recited and lunch was served. The minutes were approved and the treasurer’s report was filed. No Advisory Council meetings or State Board meetings have been held. The new committee chairs are working on getting dates set up for meetings. Alene attended in Holly’s absence.

The time was turned over to Lou Estrada from the DAV. He had an amazing amount of information on benefits for veterans, disabled veterans, and families of veterans. There is no cost to be represented by them in a dispute of benefits. To access the VA care system you can go to or call 1-877-222-8387 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Both Mel and Ron added comments from their experience.

Our next meeting will be on June 7, Tuesday, and we will have a representative from Mountain American Credit Union talk on Trusts, Wills, and Enhanced Directives. Holly has arranged for this.

Sheri and Bob are working on our Summer Social which is usually in August. We do not meet in July.


June 7, 2016

Attending: Mel Provost, Elaine Bonham, Maurice Wells, Myrna & Lennis Anderson, Sheri Briggs, Tom Scoville, Max Collotzi, Pete Negus, Steven Dickson, Tom Sharpton, Joe Taylor, Garr Ovard, Alene Stringham, Gary Bowen, Don & Vonda Bahr, Bruce Boggess, Lonny & Mary Louise Arnell, Norman Rentschler, Ron Velasquez, Holly Keener (staff).

Mel welcomed everyone and led the Pledge. Lunch was provided by the Mountain America Credit Union who were our speakers as well. The minutes were approved and the Treasurers report was filed.

Max Collotzi and other Advisory Council members gave a report on the Advisory Council meeting. Alene Stringham reported on the State Board meeting. Committees were reported on and a sheet of upcoming committee meetings was passed to each member. We are encouraged to attend the committees we are interested in.

Sheri and Bob reported on plans for the Summer Social. It will be at the Chuck-A-Rama located at 12344 Minuteman Drive in Draper. This has been the site of our Christmas Party the past two years. The Social will be from 1-3 on Friday, August 5. You will need to RSVP but there will be e-mails to remind you as the date approaches. Bob will need to know how many are coming so that we can get the larger room if necessary. (If you are planning long range the Xmas Party will be there on December 6.)

Travel to another District in September was discussed and Holly is checking on that.

Matt Meese, Matt McMullin, Austin Green, and Justin Preece from the Mountain America Credit Union then gave a presentation in wills, probate, trusts, and special instructions for executors, etc. They are available for individual meeting with any interested members.

There is no July meeting so the next time we meet will be the Summer Social.


August 5, 2016

Attending: Lenny Michaelsen, Pierre Neyme, Robert & Yvette Steele, David & Heidi Clark, Maurice & Vivian Wells, Curtis McCarthy, James Stearns, Linda & Gary Bennett, Max & Peggy Collotzi, David Engles, Gary Bowen, Don & Vonda Bahr, Susyn & Dean Keel, Kevin & Nedra Greer, Norman & Pat Rentschler, John Atamancszk, Donna Riley, Duane Dowden, Joe Taylor, Garr Ovard, Steven Dickson, Lenny & Mary Louise Arnell, Bruce & Colleen Boggess, John L. Rasmussen, Gus & Aida Garzarellli, Sheri Briggs, Tom  Scoville, Larry & Karen Orton, Abby Orton (Scholarship Winner) Elaine Bonham, Mel Provost and UPEA Staff:  Kamarie Nicdao, Holly Kener, Kendle Zdunich, Alene Schwei  and Todd Losser.

After all were seated Mel welcomed everyone and invited them to have lunch. The June minutes were deferred until the October meeting and the Treasurers’ Report will be done then.

Holly introduced the UPEA staff.

The Scholarship was awarded to Abby Jael Orton of Cedar City. She is the daughter of Larry W Orton and Karen H Orton. We were very happy to have them join with us for the Social. Abby attends Southern Utah University.

After the luncheon the group was adjourned until the September meeting which will be in Ogden on September 21.  At the October meeting we will have a travel presentation from Brian Judd Tours of Murray. See you then!


September 21, 2016

This meeting was held in conjunction with the Ogden District at the Ogden Regional Center. Lunch was provided by the Retirees District.

Attending: from Ogden: Pamela Ware, Courtney Carrion, Sally Chritchon, Andrea Torres, Linda Barrow, Mecht  Ty, Shirley Hilton, Natalie Stoddard, Valerie Gallegos, Shelly Sorenson, Carol Milckelson, Cathy Miller and Charlene Witbe

Retirees: Curtis McCarthy, Lonny & Mary L Arnell, Sheri Briggs, Tom Scoville, Shirley Willis, Don & Vonda Bahr, Norm Rentschler, Garr Ovard, Gary Bowen, John & Karen Atamanzyk, Mel Provost, Elaine Bonham and Holly Kener, staff.

We were welcomed by Andrea Torres, Ogden District Chair. A report of the District finances was given. Holly Kener gave a District update and recruitment numbers. She reported in PEADs and Socials held. There was a drawing for new members in June-August period. Information on the holiday social was given.

Then Mel Provost gave a presentation on retirement and what those who were about to retire could expect. He stressed the value of savings and investments for those years and encouraged all to start at once.

The next meeting will be on October 4, noon, at UPEA. Gus has arranged for a travel agency to come present to us. PLEASE –RSVP by Monday noon, Oct 3.  Thank you!

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