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 fightback against the Republican-controlled Legislature's attacks on workers this legislative session.
Despite the worst snow storm of the year, UE Local 170 members from around the state gathered in the lower rotunda of the Capitol on Presidents' Day to stand up for workers' rights.
The UE members heard from Senate Minority Leader Jeffrey Kessler (D-Marshall) who thanked the UE members for coming to the Capitol and for standing up for workers' rights. Delegates Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha) and Patsy Trecost (D-Harrison) also spoke to the UE members.
UE Director of Organization Bob Kingsley blasted West Virginia Republican Legislators for spending all of their time attacking workers' rights, instead of improving state workers' wages and working conditions. UE Eastern Regional President Deb Gornall challenged the legislature to pass a bill giving collective bargaining rights to WV public workers. Sam Hickman, the executive director of the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, spoke of the need for caseload standards for employees who work for the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).
After the rally, the UE members visited their legislators. At noon, the UE members joined hundreds of other union members in the large "Show Up - Stand Up Rally" organized by Senator Kessler on the Capitol's southside steps. Senator Kessler organized the rally to push back against the radical, anti-worker agenda of the Republican-controlled Legislature.
UE Local 170 members also attended the Mountaineer Workers Rising Rally on Saturday, March 7 at the State Capitol, which was organized by a coalition of labor unions to continue the fightback against the Republican-controlled Legislature's attacks on workers. The rally brought together thousands of workers from across West Virginia in one of the largest labor rallies in decades.
You can find additional news articles and photos of the rallies on the UE Local 170 Facebook page.