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.
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.”
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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