Legislation is pending in the U.S. Senate that will meet the twin goals of preserving coal mining jobs and addressing climate change. Sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), it is the only legislative initiative before the Senate that sets reasonable, achievable goals for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions while allowing time for technological advances to be developed that will make it possible to capture and store carbon. That will mean the United States can continue to use its most abundant energy resource--coal--to generate electricity far into the future without adding additional greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
The UMWA urges all members and supporters to contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Bingaman-Specter legislation. Click here to get the e-mail address of your Senators.
September 9, 2010
The UMWA's large contingent at the annual Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh was joined by marchers from America's Power on Sept. 6 and talked about Clean Coal technology.
May 19, 2010
On May 17 and 18, over 1,000 UMWA members, family members and supporters converged on Richmond, Va., the home of Massey Energy and site of the company's annual shareholder meeting. The issue: the tragic and continuing record of fatalities at Massey operations.
First up, a candlelight vigil remembering the 52 people killed on Massey property since 2000, including the 29 killed at the Upper Big Branch mine on April 5, 2010. As the names of the dead were read by Pres. Roberts, a miner turned out a cap light on their hard hat.
Lighting the candles.
Miners with cap lamps approaching the ceremony.
AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker attended and raised her candle in memory to all those killed at Massey operations and in workplaces across America -- 14 every day.
President Roberts read the names of the 52 people killed on Massey Energy property since 2000.
March 31, 2010
The passage of the health care bill by Congress in March "will not reduce or change any of the current health care benefits UMWA active members, retirees and their families receive," UMWA President Roberts said.
“And it will not mean a tax increase for UMWA members or their families, now or in the future," Roberts said. "Any excise taxes that our members’ benefits may be subject to won't become effective until 2018. If some portion of those benefits were to be subject to that tax at that time, it would be paid by the insurance providers, not individuals members.”
October 13, 2009
The new international leadership of the UMWA was sworn into office at a ceremony in Morgantown, W. Va., on Oct. 7.
International President Cecil E. Roberts, International Secretary Treasurer Daniel J. Kane, three International At-Large Vice Presidents, six International District Vice Presidents and three International Auditor/Tellers received the oath of office at the event. They will serve a five-year term beginning Dec. 22, 2009.
The International officers are:
International President: Cecil E. Roberts
Secretary-Treasurer Kane is sworn in with his family at his side.
The UMWA International officers.
President Roberts delivers his inaugural address.
October 10, 2009
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June 16, 2009
More than 700 people attended the National Historic Landmark dedication ceremony marking the site of the 1914 Ludlow tent colony on June 28.
Speakers included UMWA President Cecil Roberts, Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane, Colo. State Rep. Buffie McFadyen, Colo. AFL-CIO Executive Director Mike Cerbo, Dr. James Green from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Elizabeth Jamison from Calgary University, UMWA International District 22 Vice President Mike Dalpaiz and UMWA Region 4 Director Bob Butero. Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter read a proclamation.
February 17, 2009
Click here to see video highlights of a press conference with the UMWA, other unions and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
We discussed a new economic study that demonstrates how deployment of advanced coal-based electricity generation facilities
January 6, 2009
The Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in Congress on March 10 by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. George Miller (D-Cal.). American working people are one step closer to true economic security through a free, fair and democratic process for forming a union where they work.
Click here to see President Obama's recent comments in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act and the need to pass it soon.
Click here to keep track of what's going on with the fight to restore American workers' right to organize.
Although 60 million U.S. workers say they would join a union right now if they could, they are prevented from doing so by the threatening and intimidating tactics of their employers.
Here are the facts, according to a study by Cornell University:
And that is precisely why so many employers are scared of it. So scared, they’re willing to lie about what EFCA does:
Big Lie #1: “EFCA will eliminate the secret ballot election in union organizing campaigns.” Wrong - the language in EFCA keeps the option of having a secret ballot election, except it puts the decision to have an election in the workers’ hands, not the bosses. Since it’s the workers who are deciding whether or not to form a union, shouldn’t they be the ones to make that decision?
You can bet the house that thousands of union-busting consultants are developing strategies right now for defeating card-check organizing if EFCA passes. And part of that strategy will continue to be threats and intimidation about jobs and closing workplaces if a union is voted in.
Big Lie #3: “Unions may have been good once, but workers don’t really need them anymore because of government wage and safety regulations, and besides, employers have become enlightened about how to treat their employees.” Wrong a third time. Just ask the coal miners at Sago or Crandall Canyon how well their employers followed government regulations or how enlightened their bosses were.
EFCA will restore workplace rights for millions of Americans by:
Click here for more information about EFCA and how it will help American working families.
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