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.
More than twenty UE Local 170 members and guests attended the local’s first annual political action conference in Charleston on November 17 and 18. The UE members sharpened their political action skills in two workshops on the first day of the conference and then put their skills to work at the Capitol the next day in meetings with West Virginia legislators. Read More
UE Local 170 rank-and-file delegates nominated and elected the local's statewide officers and adopted the political action goals for the coming year at the local's seventh annual statewide convention on Saturday, September 14 at North Bend State Park in Cairo, WV.
Coming at the end of a successful summer of organizing activities, which added more than 150 new members to the local's ranks, the convention delegates celebrated the past year's victories, and made plans for more activities in the coming year. Read More
In an important victory for West Virginia public employees who have children, Governor Tomblin agreed in September to UE Local 170's request that he seek federal approval to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to West Virginia public employees. Expanding CHIP coverage to the children of eligible public employees will save the state and its employees tens of millions of dollars, according the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Read More
UE Local 170 members, who work for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), voiced their concerns over a number of issues in a meeting with the new DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling on October 7 in Charleston. The UE members attending the meeting work for three of the agency's largest bureaus: Bureau for Children and Families, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, and the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement. Read More
Despite confronting a West Virginia public employees grievance system that is heavily stacked in favor of the agencies, UE Local 170 won a number of important grievance decisions during the last couple of months. Read More
West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) employees, members of UE Local 170, delivered petitions with more than one thousand signatures of DOH employees asking for a “Fair Wage Structure” to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Paul A. Mattox, Jr. on Friday, August 9. Read More
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) caseload standard work groups completed their work last month and issued final reports with caseload standard recommendations for five program areas: Eligibility Workers, Social Workers, Case Aides, Child Support Specialists, and Child Support Techs (you can read the five work groups' reports here
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