As part of UE Local 170's chapter reorganization, union members have organized two new chapters across the central part of West Virginia during the past month. The chapter reorganization plan, which unites all the local's members who live in the same geographical area regardless of which agency they work for, was designed to make it easier for members to participate in their chapter.

Chapter 7 Officers are sworn in.

UE Local 170 members who live in the Lewis County-area organized a new chapter in Weston on June 18. The new Chapter 7 includes members from Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties. Local 170 members from William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital, the Division of Highways (DOH) and the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) attended the chapter meeting.

The members nominated and elected Jamie Beaton president; Jim Hawkins vice-president/financial secretary; Louise Quinn recording secretary; and David Marple chief steward. Nominated and elected as trustees were Kendall Heckert, Tamie Posey and Tammy Skidmore. The members also nominated and elected delegates and alternates to the state convention.
 

Chapter 6

UE Local 170 members who live in the Wood County-area organized a new chapter in Parkersburg on July 17. The new Chapter 6 includes members from Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties. Local 170 members from the DHHR, DOH and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) attended the chapter meeting.

The members nominated and elected Julie Timko president; John King vice-president/financial secretary; Sandra Baker recording secretary; and John Buck chief steward. Nominated and elected as trustees were Richard Wilson and Cheryl Bright. The members also nominated and elected delegates and an alternate to the state convention.

Additional new chapter meetings will be scheduled in the coming months for the other areas of the state. All Local 170 members were mailed a letter explaining the chapter reorganization plan and a map outlining the new chapter structure earlier this summer. If you are interested in helping organize a chapter meeting in your area, please contact the UE Local 170 office.