UE Local 170 and its members at William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston celebrated passing the 200 members mark at the hospital on Saturday, June 8. During the day-long celebration party in the hospital's front lobby, another half-dozen employees joined the union.
Sharpe employees have been organizing and joining UE Local 170 since 2009. UE Local 170 members at the hospital have won many important victories over the years, including getting a circuit court judge to force DHHR to comply with a 2009 court agreement, giving direct care employees at Sharpe and Mildred-Mitchell Bateman Hospital in Huntington a $2,000 wage increase earlier this year.
UE Local 170 President Donna Morgan, Recording Secretary Cathy Miller, Chief Steward Jamie Beaton, who is a Sharpe Hospital employee, and Chapter 8 President Cindy Burke organized the celebration and helped out during the day. Deb Gornall, UE Eastern Region president, and the thousands of members throughout the region, provided the funding for the celebration. Additional photos of the celebration are on the UE Local 170 Facebook page.