News & Updates
Thank you to public workers who keep Wyoming running**
The Wyoming Legislature has been working virtually this past month, discussing bills critical to our state’s future. As we develop strategies to recover from the pandemic and address declining revenues, we must pause and reflect on the good work of our residents.
Thank you, public employees! Thank you, educators! Thank you, essential service providers! Thank you, frontline workers! We appreciate your hard work, dedication and sacrifice. We stand with you, and we will work to support you. Your above-and-beyond dedication to working during tough times is what keeps our state running.
Over the years, the state of Wyoming has made deep cuts to public sector jobs to combat boom-and-bust cycles, and now the aggravated revenue crisis. With consolidations across industries, Wyoming workers have been asked to do more with less, fewer resources, less support and no increase in pay.
The state of Wyoming employs slightly more than 8,000 people who provides essential services through our government agencies, from health care to Highway Patrol. When you include our K-12 education system, there are more than 30,000 jobs provided by the state. While our population has grown, the number of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions has decreased over the last 10 years, according to the State of Wyoming Executive Branch Workforce Report for fiscal year 2020. Our state workers are doing more with less.
We must value our public employees by providing them with resources to safely do their jobs, equity in pay, and access to affordable health-care and assurances that their retirement won’t be wiped away. By providing our public employees with appreciation and stability, we are able to build a more resilient future for Wyoming.
As Wyoming works toward solutions to our budget crisis, as Wyoming legislators, we say “thank you” to these essential workers and recognize the important work they do through the programs they support for our neighbors. Properly funding our state workers and essential programs will make a difference in the lives of our residents now, and for years to come. Say thank you to a public employee and essential worker in your community today!
Signed, Members of the Wyoming Democratic Caucus
Rep. Chad Banks,
House District 17, Rock Springs
Rep. Andi Clifford,
House District 33, Riverton
Rep. Cathy Connolly,
House District 13, Laramie
Rep. Karlee Provenza,
House District 45, Laramie
Rep. Andy Schwartz,
House District 23, Jackson
Rep. Trey Sherwood,
House District 14, Laramie
Rep. Mike Yin,
House District 16, Jackson
Sen. Mike Gierau,
Senate District 17, Jackson
Sen. Chris Rothfuss,
Senate District 9, Laramie
**Reprinted from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle Opinion Page February 17, 2021
WPEA 2021 Board Elections
WPEA Board of Directors elections are being held in four districts. District 1b - Cheyenne, District 2 - Laramie County School District No. 1, District 6 - Casper and Douglas, and District 12 - Basin, Cody and Lovell are open for nominations for the Board of Director and District Representative to represent members in those four districts.
Outgoing Board of Directors includes Kirsten Anderson (Enterprise Technology Services) Board of Director and Nicole Novotny Smith (Wyoming Liquor Commission) District Representative in Cheyenne’s District 1b. The Laramie County School District No. 1 three classified units are represented by Shari Carlson (Technical Support Services) Board of Director and Brian Wright (Technical Support Services) District Representative in District 2. In District 6 representing Casper and Douglas is Danielle Weiser (Department of Family Services) Board of Director with the District Representative currently vacant. District 12 representing Basin, Cody and Lovell with Allison Evans (Department of Family Services) Board of Director and District Representative Deborah “Debby” Rieff (Department of Family Services).
Candidates for the Board and District Representative positions must have been a member of the Association in good standing for a period of one year immediately preceding his/her nomination; the candidate must be knowledgeable of the structure and goals of the Association; and shall not be a member of the staff or employee of the Association.
Duties of a State Board of Director:
Required to attend quarterly meetings or send the District Representative for voting purposes.
Make and adopt rules, regulations, and policies to manage and conduct the affairs of the Association.
To regulate the expenditure of funds of the Association.
To approve for payment of bills and obligations of the Associations.
To control and invest the funds of the Association.
Attend to other matters as are necessary to the operation of the Association.
Duties of a District Representative:
Shall be subordinate to the State Board of Director.
Perform in the absence or inability of the State Board of Director to include attending and voting at Board of Directors meetings.
Shall serve as the Primary Delegate at the Annual Delegate Assembly or special meetings for their district.
Chair and select the district nominations committee for Board Member and District Representative elections.
Serve on a Board of Directors standing committee.
Nominations are due Friday, March 19, 2021. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on March 29, 2021. Nomination forms can be returned by mail to President Cody Jones, PO Box 2100, Cheyenne, WY 82003, faxed to (307) 637-3932 or you may fill out the attached forms and email to email@example.com.
Click on the PDF file corresponding to your District to make a nomination. Email or fax it to the office as directed above.
District 1b District 2 District 6 District 12