SB 250 Budget Bill – Included in the overall bill is an annual increase in the salaries of state employees. This bill passed both houses and was signed into law by the Governor It will give all employees in the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation a 5% raise.

West Virginia State Police officers along with employees of the West Virginia Department of Corrections are calling for hazard pay for their commitment and service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders of both the West Virginia State Troopers Association and the National Coalition of Public Safety Officers (NCPSO) made the formal request to Governor Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia Legislature last week.

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for a Virtual Vigil on Facebook honoring correctional workers who have died of Covid 19. Your can join by clicking here.

Learn more by watching this video by One Voice United.

Kurt Hess, Election Chairman for Local 2055, announced the following officers have been chosen:

PRESIDENT - Matthew Brock

VICE PRESIDENT - Tammy Templeton


Because all nominees ran unopposed, no election was necessary. The officers will serve from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2023.

CWA Local 2055 will be conducting elections for the offices of President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer for the term of office 2021-2023.  Below you can find descriptions of the duties of each office that will be up for election.  


The Local President shall:

a) be responsible for the conduct of all Local business;

b) preside at Local membership and Local Executive Board meetings;

c) prosecute grievances and appeal them to higher levels of the Union when satisfactorily settled; 

Since learning about the unsafe mold conditions that forced the closing of the Anthony Correctional Center at the end of May, CWA District 2-13 staff have been working to ensure the safety of all employees who have worked at the facility. We have been in talks with management to get to the bottom of the events that led to the unsafe conditions, to advocate for appropriate services for health care and benefits, and to ensure all mold conditions are properly and completely remediated.

Having pursued an extremely partisan agenda during the regular legislative session aimed at attacking working West Virginia families, members of the majority Republican “leadership” are now shrugging off the one and only task actually constitutionally required of the Legislature, passage of the state budget.

See more on Charleston Gazette-Mail website.

Unable to pass tax increases or make major cuts in government spending, the West Virginia Legislature amended and passed a budget bill Thursday evening that uses $245 million in Rainy Day reserve funds and one-time money to close a $270 million gap in the 2016-17 state budget.

See more on Charleston Gazette-Mail website.