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National Labor College’s Investor Education Project

December 13, 2011

The National Labor College, located in Silver Spring, MD, has launched new webpages containing information to teach knowledge and skills you can use to build financial success.  Click here to learn about mutual funds, stocks, and how to balance them.  Click here to find out how to invest for your family's important moments and watch "how-to" videos about investing.  Click here to download the National Labor College's manual, Introduction to Successful Investing.


May 9, 2011

The UMWA District 20 office has set up a special fund for contributions to help UMWA members and their families who lost their homes and all their possessions in the terrible tornadoes that flattened the Alabama coalfields.  All donations should be earmarked "UMWA District 20 Miners Aid Fund" and sent to:



275 Forest Road, Suite 100

Hueytown, AL 35023-1615

If you are a District 20 member in need, call the District office at 205-744-9853 and let them know what your specific needs are.

A UMWA Treasure

October 6, 2010

Click here to view an inspiring oral history of 91-year old UMWA member Earl Brown, former Secretary-Treasurer of District 20.  Mr. Brown describes what life was like for coal miners and African-Americans in the last seventy years.  As the first African-American union officer in Alabama, his story is one of strength, determination and overcoming much to represent the members of our union. 

Pittsburgh runs on union coal!

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.

Click here to check out the video.

Standing up for mine safety in Richmond

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.

Photos below:


Candles at candlight vigil

Lighting the candles.

Miners walking

Miners with cap lamps approaching the ceremony.

Arlene Holt-Baker

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.

Cecil Roberts at vigil

President Roberts read the names of the 52 people killed on Massey Energy property since 2000.

No change to health benefits for UMWA members, retirees after passage of health care bill

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.”

Click here to see for yourself what the health care bill will do.

Follow the UMWA on Facebook and Twitter

October 10, 2009

Connecting with friends and family on Facebook? Are you "tweeting" on Twitter?

If so, you can follow the UMWA. Click here to join the UMWA Facebook page, and click here to follow the UMWA on Twitter.

Ludlow National Historic Landmark dedicated June 28.

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.

 Click here to see a video of President Roberts' remarks


How Clean Coal can generate $1 trillion of economic output, create millions of jobs

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
(power plants) equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS)
technologies that reduce carbon dioxide emissions could generate $1 trillion of economic output and create 7
million man-years of employment.


Employee Free Choice Act Facts

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:

  • 92 percent of private-sector employers, when faced with an organizing effort, force employees to attend closed-door meetings to hear anti-union propaganda;
  • 75 percent hire outside consultants to run anti-union campaigns;
  • Half threaten to shut down partially or totally if employees form a union;
  • In 25 percent of union organizing campaigns, employers illegally fire workers.
  • Even after workers successfully form a union, in one out of three cases, employers do not negotiate a contract.

That’s not a level playing field, and it hasn’t been for years. That’s why American workers need the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The single most important piece of labor legislation in more than 70 years, it is vitally needed to restore to American workers the right to form unions.

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?

Big Lie #2:    “EFCA will subject workers to intimidation from union organizers.” Wrong again - the only intimidation going on in the workplace today regarding union elections is on the side of employers threatening to close if a union is elected, or firing or disciplining employees for supporting a union.

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:

  • Allowing employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation, or by holding a secret-ballot election should the workers–not the companies–choose to hold one.
  • Establishing stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union, and during first-contract negotiations.
  • Providing for mediation and arbitration of first-contract disputes.

Click here for more information about EFCA and how it will help American working families.


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