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 calls on Governor Tomblin to conduct an investigation of the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility over ongoing problems: Governor Tomblin orders an investigation
In response to a call by UE Local 170, Governor Tomblin has ordered an investigation of the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility. UE Local 170 called for the investigation after media coverage of ongoing staff shortages and retaliation against a veteran at the facility who had spoken with state nursing home surveyors about inadequate care due staff shortages. Read More
UE Local 170 Legislative Wrap-Up
In an effort to protect the interests of working people, labor unions provide a variety of functions that confront the issues facing their memberships on many fronts. On the legislative front, UE Local 170 promotes legislation that benefits public workers in West Virginia. The 2012-2013 legislative session was a busy one for our union. We worked very hard to promote a worker oriented agenda with some impressive results. Read More
UE Local 170 members rally and march with members of the United Mine Workers of America in their fight for justice at Patriot Coal
UE Local 170 members rallied and marched in solidarity with thousands of members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)- in their fight for justice at Patriot Coal in Charleston on April 1. Patriot Coal is trying to use the bankruptcy courts to shed its contract, pension and healthcare obligations covering thousands of active and retired coal miners throughout Appalachia. Read More
UE Local 170 members attend first meeting of the local's Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Conference
UE Local 170 members from eight different counties and two bureaus of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources met for the first UE Local 170 DHHR Conference in Charleston on Saturday, April 13. Read More
Did You Receive Your Fall-Winter 2012-2013 UE Local 170 Newsletter?
The Fall-WInter 2012/13 UE Local 170 Newsletter was mailed to all our members in mid-December. If you didn't receive your newsletter, you can download a copy here.