BECKLEY, W.Va. — Several DOH maintenance workers were part of an informational picket Thursday evening in Beckley. Members of UE Local 170 said they are being forced to work overtime in non-emergency situations.

The workers set up their picket line near the entrance of the DOH garage on Route 19. They claim there’s threat of disciplinary action for those workers who won’t work overtime.

DOH spokesman Brent Walker said overtime was mandatory earlier this year during the DOH’s pothole blitz but not now.

“We really aren’t making it mandatory that they work overtime,” he said. “It would certainly help our efforts from time to time to do some extra work.”

It takes up to 21 members to make a crew and Walker said at times only 7 workers volunteered for overtime.

“Some folks I think were a little bent out of shape over what they felt like was being made in a mandatory kind of way so they did what was certainly their prerogative and went to their union,” he said.

Walker said the DOH is now into its contract paving season and the overtime situation for the most part is over.

“We’re moving forward without this mandatory (overtime). It’s still in our policy but we’re not making any road repairs this summer mandatory,” he said.

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  • Jonus Grumby

    The biggest issue I see with the DOH is lack of effective leadership.

  • MOCO man

    Crybabies........they need not ever apply for the railroad. While I understand they work a lot of overtime in the winter.....,'s your JOB!!!

  • What the Pothole?

    No disrespect to any of you DOH employees but I think the paving of the roads ought to left to the professionals. You all do many different things in a years time. The contractors pave roads and that is it! They follow the WVDOH spec's to the letter or get penalized for it. So when there is no tack coat used, a grader spreading the asphalt and no compaction testing done what makes anyone think it is going to last. A wise man once said "you are only as good as your last job" and when something goes wrong the contractor has to fix it at their own expense. Just issue a PO and let the professionals handle it. Stick to plowing roads, pulling shoulder & ditches and mowing grass. Don't forget about planting those wildflowers!

  • MOCO man

    These crybabies need not ever apply for the what if the did work O.T. All's called your JOB. Step aside and let someone there that wants to work. No sympathy here........

  • WV Hillbilly

    Think about it. Paul Mattox came from and is in the pocket of CONTRACTORS. It's a conspiracy. Run the roads in the ground (no pun intended) and then your crony contractors make millions to repair them.

    The DOH needs to get back to owning appropriate equipment, with appropriate employees doing a lot of the paving themselves. They could do it cheaper than the prevailing wage rates of the contractors if they would do it.

    Regardless of who does it, you have to have a quality pavement formula and put it down thick enough to work. The wallpaper-thin "feel-good" jobs are simply a waste of scarce tax money. They don't last. Resurfacing jobs in the mountains used to last at least 10-15 years. Now, after one winter, they are already blowing apart and 5 years later, they are a joke.

  • mook

    I think all doh workers are state paid. so why is one not working OT and shoved out the door at 40 hrs.and another office has to work?Bonus if you save money.If the supervisor would know something about the job they are doing instead of being some political appointee,maybe the roads would be in better shape.

  • MCDowell Go Getter

    I work for the Division of Highways in McDowell County , and if they don't want to work overtime send crews from other counties to work it for them . Some of us need this overtime and when they cut ours out then I'd Be HAPPY to have there's since they don't want it .

  • MOCO man

    Them crybabies need not apply for the what if they worked OT all winter, it's called your JOB!!!!

  • cutty77

    Paul Mattox needs to go. Our roads have been terrible for several years now. Its really a Joke. Drive to every State around us,and we by far have the worst roads.

  • Gary Karstens

    I support UE Local 170! These people give it their all so people can go to work easily and so the coal tycoons can make their millions. Stand strong on this issue DOH workers!

    • Aaron

      The desire of Government employees for fair and adequate pay, reasonable hours of work, safe and suitable working conditions, development of opportunities for advancement, facilities for fair and impartial consideration and review of grievances, and other objectives of a proper employee relations policy, is basically no different from that of employees in private industry. Organization on their part to present their views on such matters is both natural and logical, but meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government.

      All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

      Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable. It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratification that I have noted in the constitution of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that "under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government."

      • Tracyo64

        Just being treated as fairly as a private worker would be a welcome change. Go read the rulings from the Labor Relations Board and take note how many of them do NOT apply to State, County and Municipal employees !!

        • Aaron

          As they shouldn't.

      • Fred

        You weren't on the clock when you wrote that, were you?

        • Jack

          He didn't write it. FDR did. Aaron just plagiarized it.

  • Chris1529

    The DOH and their workers need to start taking some pride in the roadways they are charged with maintaining. If it takes working 60 hours per week right now to repair the roads, then that is how much they need to work.
    The workers and management can not be proud of the road surfaces that we drive on everyday.

  • Proud mtneer

    Hold on before you go bashing all doh employees. We employees here in hardy county are begging and would love to have the overtime but when forty hours is up we are being shoved out the door doesn't matter what time or day it maybe. The crews here do an awesome job and are hard working and proud of the job they do. So my question is how can one county get all this extra time week after week and we get none

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    • oakwoodtower

      That is the powers in D5 they don't want the counties spending all their excess money to make themselves look good by giving it back at the end of June. Only OT that was allowed was fixing potholes and nothing else but the D5 district Engineer and the Administrative Services Manager can work all the OT they want every week and one of them can collect two pays from two different state agencies.

  • Roger

    I guess that standing, leaning on a shovel handle or 4 or 5 just standing and watching one or two working does get tiring after an 8 hour shift.

    • Tracyo64

      I am a DOH worker. I used to have a great attitude toward my job and would go the extra mile to do a good job. After listening to you Aholes year after year, I really don't give a crap anymore. Who was out there 16-18 hours/day after Sandy? The Natl Guard? Please, they didn't even get their boots dirty. I have worked for DOH for almost 10 years and my family lives on $1500/mo. Teachers would never work for that pittance, yet HS graduates are dumber than ever. Get a clue before running your mouth.

  • Bob

    God forbid the DOH has to work!! What is this State coming to?

  • jay zoom

    be thankful you have a job - if you don't like it QUIT. in this day and age there are probably hundreds of men or women who would love to have your job. 21 members to make up a crew sounds a bit much for what work I've seen being done along the state owned roads. maybe if the DOH layed off a couple of hundred of workers attitudes would change. If half of them would work a solid 8 hours instead of leaning on a shovel or a broom half of the time overtime wouldn't be needed.

    • Tracyo64

      I just love it when people who have no idea what they're talking about start running off at the mouth.