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.
PEIA's proposal for plan year 2016: "Unhealthy Tomorrows" for West Virginia public employees and retirees
UE Local 170 is strongly encouraging West Virginia public employees and retirees to mobilize and speak out against PEIA's proposal for plan year 2016, which will cut benefits by $40 million, largely by raising co-pays and deductibles. The cuts will disproportionately impact lower wage WV public employees and retirees on fixed incomes. Increasing co-pays and deductibles will cause more WV public employees and retirees to forgo needed medical treatment and prescription drugs. The proposal will also unfairly penalize WV public employees and retirees who do not list a primary care physician when they fill out their paperwork by increasing their annual deductible by $500. Read More
With this year's state convention theme, "Arm and Arm - Strong Together," setting the tone for their annual convention, more than thirty UE Local 170 members and guests met on Saturday, September 20 at Canaan Valley Resort State Park to look back over the past year since their last convention and to map a course of action ahead of "fighting back, organizing, and building our union." Read More
UE Local 170 sponsored a hotdog fundraiser at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg on September 3 to raise money for the facility's Veterans' Fund, which is used to pay for special activities for the veterans who reside at the facility. The fundraiser raised nearly $400. Read More
UE Local 170 state hospital members are stepping up the fight for better wages and working conditions at the state's hospitals and nursing homes, staging informational picketing outside of William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston and Jackie Withrow Hospital in Beckley over the past two months. Read More
UE Local 170 members who work for the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) are continuing to press the agency to implement the caseload standard recommendations, which were given to DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling in July 2013. Large, unmanageable caseloads mean that client services are not being delivered in a timely manner, and that children and the elderly are being put at risk. Read More
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