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USEA Legislative Priorities


We represent Education Support Professionals (also know as Classified School Staff) throughout Utah.

USEA represents bus drivers, maintenance workers, food service employees, paraeducators, secretaries, media specialists, and custodians. These men and women are essential elements of Utah's quality educational system.

 

USEA is the voice for Education Support Professionals throughout Utah.

 

USEA's Positions on:

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING

FAIR COMPENSATION

PRIVATIZATION AND LOCAL CONTROL

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

CHILD NUTRITION

EMPLOYMENT

 

COMPENSATION

Secure, fairly-compensated classified jobs benefit school districts by ensuring a high-quality work force serving Utah students; and benefits local communities and the state by providing a solid foundation for a strong state economy. USEA encourages local school boards to create and maintain classified positions that permit their employees to raise families and build careers in public education, and supports legislation that furthers that effort.

Straight percentage salary increases do little to fairly compensate low-wage employees, often resulting in an actual dollar increase that is insignificant. USEA supports funding that allows local school boards to provide higher percentage increases to their lower-paid classified employees.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

School districts operate more efficiently when committed employees have a mutually-respectful relationship with their employer and a voice in determining their own working conditions. USEA supports the right of public school employees to band together and to meet with their local school boards to discuss terms and conditions of their employment, including compensation.

 

RETIREMENT AND PENSIONS

The Utah State Retirement System is one of the best-managed public pension systems in the United States, with a funding level that is consistently above that considered adequate by national authorities. Benefits, including retirement, are an important part of the total package that attracts qualified people to serve as pubic employees. USEA believes that the present state retirement system, including benefits, is well designed and managed, ad should not be modified without good cause and careful deliberation.

 

PRIVATIZATION

USEA opposes the contraction of public education support services to private contractors. Experience throughout the state of Utah has shown that privatization does not save money or improve schools or student performance, and that it is not in the best interest of Utah students or taxpayers.

 


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