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.
UE rank-and-file democracy in action: UE Local 170's eighth annual statewide convention - September 19 - 20 at Canann Valley Resort State Park
UE Local 170 rank-and-file members from across West Virginia will be gathering at Canaan Valley Resort State Park on September 19 and 20 at our local's highest decision-making body: the annual statewide convention. Over the past months, our local's chapters have nominated and elected rank-and-file delegates and alternates to represent their members at the convention. Read more
In the face of hostile state agencies that are trying to squeeze out more work with fewer state workers, UE Local 170 members have been engaging in direct action to address workplace problems.
Our union's philosophy of handling workplace problems is to mobilize our members to engage in direct action at their workplace because our union's greatest strength is our members when they're organized and mobilized.
Here are three great examples of our members engaging in direct action at their workplaces over this past summer: Read more
Since the end of the West Virginia Legislature's regular session, UE Local 170 and our members have been stepping up our local's political action work. The local has been encouraging our chapters to invite their local legislators to their chapter meetings, and the local has organized a political action committee made up of representatives from all of the chapters to help advance our local's political action work.
UE Local 170 members "collective bargaining" at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility results in greater union access and wage improvements - more to come
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
UE Local 170 members launch a campaign to demand that DHHR implement the caseload standards recommendations
Tired of waiting for the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to act on caseload standard recommendations developed nearly one year ago, UE Local 170 DHHR members launched a campaign in May with the slogan: "We can't meet you expectations, if you don't implement our standards." Read more