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UE Local 170, West Virginia Public Workers Union, is a member-run organization made up of over a thousand state workers. We are public workers at the state hospitals, Division of Highways, Department of Health and Human Resources, Parkways, Capitol Complex and many other state agencies.

Our members are organizing at over 130 workplaces across the state. With every new member, our fight for better jobs and conditions for public workers gets stronger. UE Local 170 is a member-run organization. Members form local union chapters which unite workers in your workplace or area to address common issues. Members elect chapter officers and stewards to meet with management on issues which concern you.

UE Local 170 is strongly encouraging West Virginia public employees and retirees to mobilize and speak out against PEIA's "draconian" benefit cuts. PEIA is proposing $120 million in benefit cuts next year.This is on top of the $40 million in benefit cuts this past year. Read More to see how the changes will impact you.

Come Make History with Us - UE Local 170's Ninth Annual Statewide Convention

With this year's convention theme being an invitation to "Come Make History with Us," rank-and-file delegates who gathered the last weekend in September for UE Local 170’s ninth annual statewide convention celebrated a number of important victories won during the past year, but also made plans for many challenges and opportunities ahead for the local’s members to continue making history for public workers in West Virginia. Read More

UE Local 170's Internal Organizing Campaign adds more than 200 Members

Building on several important victories won during the past year, UE Local 170's internal organizing campaign has added more than 200 new members since June 1. New members have been recruited at DOH garages, state hospitals and nursing homes, DHHR offices, and other state workplaces. Read More

West Virginia Supreme Court upholds new pay plan for direct care employees at the state's two psychiatric hospitals

In an important victory for the direct care employees and the patients at the state's two psychiatric hospitals, the West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the new pay plan for direct care employees at those two facilities, which was implemented on January 1. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) had appealed the new pay plan shortly after it presented its pay plan in August 2014. Read More

UE Local 170 Grievance Victories

Between January 1, and August, 2015, the West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board decided in favor of state workers fourteen times. Nine of those were grievances file by UE Local 170. Read More

UE Local 170 campaign wins new DOH step pay plan

A two-year campaign by UE Local 170 Division Of Highways (DOH) members has won a new DOH pay plan with step wage increases for the Transportation Worker classifications. For the first time, nearly 3,000 DOH Transportation Workers will be able to move up the pay grades of their classifications with step wage increases. The new DOH step pay plan takes effect on January 1. Read More





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