UPEA speaks to SLCo Council on behalf of SLCo employees about compensation

In April, UPEA was asked by SLCo Human Resources Department to look over the proposed changes to SLCo’s Pay Policy and provide feedback.  After reviewing the proposed changes with UPEA staff and the District’s leadership, UPEA presented SLCo HR with several recommendations.  UPEA’s recommendations included: recognition of redlined employees and employees in longevity, the definition of a reassignment, among others.

Over the past few months, UPEA staff has had several meetings with SLCo HR administration to discuss the Total Compensation Project and the proposed changes to the County’s compensation system and pay policy.  UPEA’s Pay Policy recommendations were discussed at these meetings and the County’s HR administration agreed with UPEA’s proposed changes. Continue reading

Update: SLCo’s Total Compensation Project

In 2013 Salt Lake County revised many of the County’s HR policies with the exception of the Pay Policy.  Instead it was decided that the Pay Policy would be modernized together with the County’s compensation system in the Total Compensation Project.  The Hay Group was selected by the County to collect and analyze data that was then presented to the SLCo Compensation Advisory Committee.  After reviewing the Hay Group’s recommendations, the SLCo Compensation Advisory Committee proposes the following changes:


Phase I: Immediate

  • Create competitive salary structures
    • SLCo HR plans to evaluate salary structures annually
  • Main priority is to address compression issues
    • Million dollar, multi-year plan
  • SLCo Council to adopt new pay policies

Phase II: 2017-2018

  • SLCo Compensation Advisory Committee plans to address benefits and leave
  • Pay-for-Performance Program: to be restructured, result of Employee Engagement Survey

Proposed Salary Structures

Highlights – SLCO Total Compensation Infographic Continue reading

Join UPEA at our Summer BBQs/PEADs

Join UPEA in celebrating your service! We’ll serve food & bring vendors to your work site!



Date / Time Name of Building Location Address of Location


Thurs. June 1st from 11:30-1:00pm Provo Regional Center 150 East Center Street, Provo
Thurs. June 8th from 11:30-1:00pm  SLC Office of Education 250 East 500 South, SLC
Tues. June 13th from 11:30-1:30pm Tooele DHS / DWS


305 North Main Street, Tooele
Wed. June 14th from 11:30-1:00pm Payson City 439 West Utah Avenue, Payson
Thurs. June 15th from 11:30-1:30pm DWS / Heber Wells


160 East 300 South, SLC
Thurs. June 22nd from 11:30-1:30pm West Jordan City/SLCo/Courts 1985 W. 7800 S., West Jordan
Wed. June 28th from 11:30-1:00pm State History Office


300 South Rio Grande, SLC
Thurs. June 29th from 11:30-1:30pm Cal Rampton Complex


4501 South 2700 West, Taylorsville




Date / Time Name of Building Location Address of Location


Tues. July 11th from 9:00-10:30am Roosevelt DWS 140 West 425 South, Roosevelt
Tues. July 11th from 11:30-1:00pm Vernal DWS 1050 West Market Drive, Vernal
Thurs. July 13th from 11:30-1:00pm State Office Building 450 North State, SLC
Thurs. July 20th  from 11:30-1:00pm Ogden Regional Center 2540 Washington Blvd., Ogden
Thurs. July 27th from 11:30-1:00pm Office of Recovery Services 515 East 100 South, SLC



Date / Time Name of Building Location Address of Location


Thurs. Aug. 3rd from 11:30-1:30pm SLCo Govt. Center 2001 South State Street, SLC
Tues. Aug. 8th from 6:00a-8:00am SLCo Public Works 604 West 6960 South, Murray
Weds. Aug. 9th from 12:00-2:00pm SLCo Environmental Health 788 East Woodoak Lane, Murray
Thurs. Aug. 10th from 11:30-1:00pm Dept. of Natural Resources 1594 West North Temple, SLC
Friday August 11th from 12:00-2:30pm SLCo Landfill 6030 W California Ave., SLC
Tuesday Aug. 15th from 12:00-2:30pm SLCo Landfill 6030 W California Ave., SLC
Tues. Aug. 15th from 11:30-1pm Cannon Health Dept. 288 N. 1460 W., SLC
Wed.  Aug. 16th from 11-1pm Brigham City DWS 138 West 990 South
Thurs. Aug. 17th from 11:30-1:00pm State Hospital 1300 East Center Street, Provo
Thurs. Aug. 24th from 11:30-1:30pm Tax Commission / MASOB 210 North 1950 West, SLC
Tues. Aug. 29th from 1:00-3:00 Utah State Developmental Center 895 North 900 East, American Fork – Pavilion


UPEA Update on Proposed SLCo HR Policy Changes

Last week an email was sent out to you explaining the proposed SLCo HR policy changes presented to the Salt Lake County Council. Of the six proposed policy changes, UPEA opposed one: the elimination of the second level of appeal for reclassification (HR Policy 2-200: Allocation and Classification of Merit Positions).

On Tuesday, May 17th at Salt Lake County’s Committee of the Whole meeting Councilwoman Jenny Wilson invited UPEA to address the County Council. Alene Schwei, UPEA representative for the Salt Lake Valley Local Government District, testified in opposition of the proposed change stating:

“On May 10, 2016, the Salt Lake County Human Resource Department proposed that the current classification appeal process be modified and that the level of appeal to a hearing officer be eliminated. UPEA opposes this change. A trained hearing officer, who is not a county employee, should act as an impartial party to rule on these appeals. The process of classification and re-classification is highly technical and complex, and can be confusing to an employee who wants to engage in the appeals process. UPEA encourages the Salt Lake County Council to retain the current hearing officer process and to continue to demonstrate fairness, impartiality, and sound management principles.”

The Salt Lake County Council unanimously voted to keep the second level of appeal for reclassification. UPEA will notify you of any future proposed HR policy changes.

If you have any questions, contact staff rep. Alene Schwei at 801-264-8732 ext. 212 or aschwei@upea.net.

Update on 3rd Sub. SB 176 Office of the State Board of Education Employment Amendments

The House Government Operations Committee met late last night to hear 3rd Sub. SB 176, Office of the State Board of Education Employment Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Howard Stephenson (R)-Draper.

UPEA spoke in opposition of the bill. The testimony highlighted the critical role the merit system plays in employee development. The merit system does not inhibit a department’s ability to discipline employees, and that it is an effective tool in recruitment and retention of quality employees. Continue reading