Welcome to UE Local 170
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.
After extensive discussion, UE Local 170's executive committee, which is made up of the five statewide officers and chapter presidents, adopted a plan for an intensive organizing campaign to build our union in the coming months. The organizing campaign will focus on building our membership at the chapter level with the chapters developing organizing targets in their geographic area. Read More
This year has been busier than expected and has resulted in some changing of our tactics due to the change in our political environment in the State Capitol. With anti-worker politicians in control of both the House and Senate this past session, we have had little success in advancing the agenda approved by our last statewide convention. We were successful however in having two study resolutions introduced. Read More
West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BHHF) forced to raise the base wages of direct care employees at its two psychiatric hospitals by $3 million
Under pressure from UE Local 170 members who work for the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), DHHR finally completed its long-overdue caseload standards report. UE Local 170 filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain a copy of the report, which you can read here. DHHR was suppose to deliver the report to the Legislative Oversight Commission for Health and Human Resources Accountability (LOCHHRA) during Legislature's November interim meetings. Read More
An important grievance victory overturning the termination of a UE Local 170 member who worked for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will strengthen all West Virginia public workers' "right to representation."
The grievance decision - Lan Deyerle v. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Docket No. 20136-2234-CONS (July 15, 2014) - and its impact on WV public workers' right to representation is explained below: Read more