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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 plans intensive organizing campaign to build our union

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
 

2015 Legislative Wrap-Up and Political Action Updates

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
 

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
 

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

The West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities was forced to raise the base wage rates of direct care employees at its two psychiatric hospitals - Mildred-Mitchell Bateman Hospital in Huntington and William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston - by $3 million starting on January 1 as the result of a settlement agreement with Mountain State Justice (MSJ), the Charleston-based, public-interest law firm which represents the hospitals' patients in the so-called Hartley case. UE Local 170 has been working closely with MSJ over the past four years to address ongoing staffing problems at the two hospitals. Read More
 

UE Local 170 DHHR members continue to press DHHR on caseload standards

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


UE Local 170 grievance victory strengthens West Virginia public workers' "right to representation"

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

 

New Cookbook

Attention All West Virginia Cooks!

We need your recipes for our upcoming UE Local 170 Cookbook.
Visit our Cookbook Facebook Page for more information.

 

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Officers and Staff

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