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.
It's been nearly three years since state workers received a pay raise. And while Governor Tomblin has proposed a "modest pay raise" for state workers in his budget, the legislature still has to approve it. In the meantime, state workers are facing budget cuts, hiring freezes, understaffing, and mandatory overtime. Had enough? Then come join us on Monday, February 17 at 10 a.m. at the lower rotunda of the Capitol as we rally for a pay raise and other legislative priorities. Read More
A number of bills that will greatly benefit state workers have been introduced during this session of the West Virginia Legislature that UE Local 170 is asking its members to support. Please contact the members of the committees where the bills were referred and ask the committee chair to take up the bill(s). Read More
During the past month, UE Local 170 rank-and-file members have been very active at the West Virginia Legislature, helping to advance the local's legislative priorities. Read More
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. Read More