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.

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 mobilizing rank-and-file members to attend our ninth annual Presidents' Day Rally

With West Virginia workers facing unprecedented attacks on our wages, working conditions, and rights, UE Local 170 is calling on our rank-and-file member to attend our ninth annual Presidents' Day Rally at the State Capitol to stand up against these attacks. Read More
 

Legislative Updates

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.
 

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

 

Officers and Staff

For a full list of UE Local 170 officers and staff, click here.

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