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.
January 13, 2014
The Patriot VEBA website is up and active. Retirees, families and medical providers can now go to www.patriotveba.org to find out information about benefits and get contact information for answers to questions you many have.
January 18, 2012
The AFL-CIO has launched a new website to help a new generation of workers understand how we are all connected by what we do and how we work. Check it out at www.workconnectsusall.org. And see the new TV ad here. See if you can spot the coal miner!
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:
UMWA DISTRICT 20 MINERS' AID FUND
c/o UMWA DISTRICT 20
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.
May 5, 2011
The UMWA is sponsoring performances of a one-woman play titled Can’t Scare Me: The Story of Mother Jones, written and performed by Obie-award winning actress Kauilani Lee. The Washington Post critic Jane Horowitz wrote of the performance, “Lee makes the early miners’ and steelworkers’ strikes feel real and immediate, especially the murderous violence unleashed against unionized workers in the early 20th century.”
"CAN'T SCARE ME, The Story of Mother Jones,” tells the moving story of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and her activism to help organize a broad spectrum of American workers in the early 20th century. Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, who transforms into the legendary labor activist, the drama illustrates Mother Jones’ fight for children and workers’ rights across the United States. The performance incorporates the loss of Jone...s’ husband and children from yellow fever; the great Chicago fire, out of which she emerged with her own fire to help organize the unorganized; the famous Children’s March to protest child labor; and the coal mine wars of southern Colorado and West Virginia.
May 10 - Denver - Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center -http://suteatro.org/cant-scare-me/
May 13 - Pueblo - El Pueblo History Museum - (719) 583-0453
May 15 - Colorado Springs - THEATREWORKS - http://www.theatreworkscs.org/tickets.html
May 17 - Trinidad - Trinidad Junior High School - (303) 425-7110
For more information go to www.facebook.com/UMWALudlow
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.
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.”
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