UE Local 170 strongly opposes any attempt to privatize the state's hospitals and nursing homes. During a legislative committee meeting last month, Senator Brooks McCabe (D-Kanawha) suggested that the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) consider privatizing the state's hospitals and nursing homes because of ongoing problems at the state-run facilities.
 
Jamie Beaton, UE Local 170 chief steward, and a long-time employee at William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston, told The Charleston Gazette that the state hospitals are often a last option for people after private facilities have refused them.
 
"Throwing these folks to the mercy of the private sector will likely subject them to an uncertain future," said Beaton. "We wouldn't consider handing over our veterans' nursing home to private interests. Why abdicate our duty to elderly, disabled and committed citizens?" You can read the entire news article here.
 

Rather than privatizing the state's hospitals and nursing homes, it's time for the state to put the resources into these facilities to meet their needs, including improving the pay of the employees. Please contact Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and voice your opposition to the privatization of the state's hospitals and nursing homes. You can reach the Governor here.