Our members have a wide range of workplace issues, and we’re here to represent them when they’re wronged. Some of our members have sent us thanks, which we are proud to share:

“I am writing to express my appreciation for the union’s support of me regarding my Level 3 grievance hearing, regardless of what the board’s decision may turn out to be. This includes Damon Snead, whose representation was impressive, and Gary DeLuke, who gave his full support and experience. I found them to be professional, knowledgeable, and able to present a strong argument. I also am very appreciative of the union members’ concern and support, and would like to think you, Chester, and the other two members  who stepped forward to testify at the hearing. I would also like to think Doug Smock, the union’s office manager, who has worked diligently to support me through this also. I would like to say, ‘Thank you all so very much,’ and I am truly touched and impressed by the support I have been shown.”

Thank you again UE Local 170,



“Not only does being a member of UE give you excellent representation when there is an employment issue, it is knowing that there is a team you are a member of standing ready to help one another.”

— M. Hamden


“Are you considering joining the Union and wondering how helpful they could be for you? I will say, from experience, do it today! The Union and my representative have been by my side every step of the way. My representative has been there for me through the grievance process. He has done everything for me, including filing my grievance for me, emailing all the parties involved, meeting all deadlines and knowledge of policies. During the hearings, my representative has spoken on my behalf while I was present answering questions. My representative is available and will answer any questions that I have. My representative has been supportive, knowledgeable, and is easy to communicate with. He is highly recommended! Please join the Union and they will give you the support you need.”

— H. Sims


“I joined UE Local 170 this year after 25+ years in State employment. I never anticipated that I would need assistance from the Union to address issues with my employment. My Union representative has shown a high level of professionalism and expertise in helping me navigate a complex process. If you are thinking about becoming a member, know that they will work hard to provide you with the representation you need to ensure your rights are protected.”



“I am happy I became a member of the union. The union leadership in Berkeley County did not fail me when union representation was needed, nor did your support of the issue at hand falter. I will continue to spread the word for union membership.”

— CM


“My Union membership has paid major dividends for me. My Representative stepped up to the plate and addressed all of my issues with management throughout all levels of my grievance.  I would recommend all state workers join UE Local 170 without delay.”

— L. Greene


“The UE Local 170 was there for me when I needed them, after another union had not called me back for several days. A friend suggested UE, and I am so glad he did. My call was answered right away, and the gentleman was kind, professional, and seemed genuinely concerned about my situation. He sent a message out to see if a representative was available on short notice, while I was still on the phone with him. The same afternoon a representative called me back, and was with me every step of the way as I needed him. I have suggested UE to several of my friends and coworkers. I’m happy and proud to be a new member.”

— L. O’Brien