2018 John Hovis Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating West Virginia high school senior as financial help for purposes of further education.

Recipient must be a child or grandchild of a Local 170 union member, and eligible to enroll in a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate program or an accredited trade school for the upcoming fall semester.


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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. 
Members in each chapter also have a representative on the UE Local 170 state executive committee, which coordinates the union’s overall work. Each year chapters send delegates to a s t a t e w i d e convention to elect state officers and set union policies. The members vote on what the union’s priorities will be and how union monies will be spent.
We are also part of UE, a national union that provides us with staff, research, legal, educational and strategic planning assistance. Our local elected representation at the regional and national levels of UE plays an important leadership role in the national organization. The UE is an independent, democratic union representing 35,000 workers. UE Members are united in their fight for improving the lives of working people.

UE members come from all walks of life and include office workers, bus drivers, university and college workers, factory workers, social workers, health care workers, and many other occupations. The UE's slogan is "The Members Run This Union."

UE Local 170 has grown to become the largest non-teaching public workers union in West Virginia. UE Local 170 is leading the fight for safe and healthy workplaces, meaningful caseload standards and against state privatization efforts, among other issues. We are fighting to defend state workers’ basic democratic rights at work and to expand workplace protections. We are also active on national issues through our affiliation with UE, a national union recently named “America’s Most Valuable Union” by The Nation Magazine.


  • Grievance victories
  • Pay Increases
  • Job security Gains
  • Legislative victories
  • Expansion of Worker Rights and Protection
  • Representation In Meetings With Management
  • Safer Working Conditions


Grievance Preperation Materials

Here is some helpful information regarding filing a grievance. Contact us if you need further assistance.