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.
In what has been a very busy month, UE Local 170 members mobilized to attend two rallies on Presidents' Day and the Mountaineer Workers Rising Rally on March 7. All of the rallies were at the State Capitol. The rallies brought together thousands of workers from across West Virginia to fight back against the Republican-controlled Legislature's attacks on workers this legislative session . Read More
UE Local 170 is strongly encouraging our rank-and-file members to immediately contact your legislators regarding legislation - both the good and the bad - that has been introduced in West Virginia Legislature this session.
You can download the latest UE Local 170 Legislative Update here. You can find your legislators' contact info at www.legis.state.wv.us.
Every phone call, letter, and email that your legislators receive can make all the difference on whether a bill is passed or defeated. Be polite but firm in your request that your legislators support or oppose the legislation that you are contacting them about. Let them know that you are one of their constituents and that you will be watching how they vote on the legislation and sharing the info with your family, friends and co-workers.
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