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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.

Coal Miners Against SB 357!

February 11, 2015

“The only thing cutting safety ever does is put miners’ lives on the line and put more money in coal operator’s pockets,” said President Roberts. “When safety standards are cut, miners die. It’s that simple.”

If you live in West Virginia, please contact your House of Delegate Representative(s) and tell them to oppose the new anti-safety legislation, SB 357. Click here to get their phone number.

Don't know your House of Delegates district? Click here.

Fight West Virginia SB 337!

February 2, 2015

The new leadership in the West Virginia legislature has not wasted any time trying to turn back the clock on labor laws that have protected UMWA brothers and sisters for generations.

If you live in West Virginia, please contact your State Senator and tell him/her to oppose the so-called Right to Work bill, SB 337. Click here *linked* to get the phone number of the West Virginia State Senators.

Don’t know your State Senate district? Click here.

“West Virginia SB 337 should be called the ‘right to work for less’ bill,” said President Roberts. “That is what will happen to workers in West Virginia if it passes. It will weaken every union’s ability to represent members in the workplace. And it will mean that some workers will be able to avoid paying union dues while still getting the benefits of a union contract. It’s just another way for the bosses to divide workers.”

EPA Fight - What You Can Do To Make Your Voice Heard!

October 7, 2014

The rally and marches against the EPA in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Washington, D.C. are just the start of our efforts to oppose their proposed rule. We need our members on the ground in the coalfields taking action, writing letters and getting community support. Click here for more information about what you can do.

Patriot VEBA website is up!

January 13, 2014

The Patriot VEBA website is up and active. Retirees, families and medical providers can now go to to find out information about benefits and get contact information for answers to questions you many have.

Click here to go to the Patriot VEBA website.

Work Connects Us All

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 And see the new TV ad here. See if you can spot the coal miner!

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.

CAN'T SCARE ME, the Story of Mother Jones

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 -

May 13 - Pueblo - El Pueblo History Museum - (719) 583-0453

May 15 - Colorado Springs - THEATREWORKS -


May 17 - Trinidad - Trinidad Junior High School - (303) 425-7110

For more information go to

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. 

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