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President Roberts' statement on the second anniversary of the Upper Big Branch disaster

April 5, 2012
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Remember the UBB families on this day

[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“As we remember the terrible events that took place at the Upper Big Branch mine two years ago today, let us continue to keep the families of the victims in our hearts and our prayers.

“Tomorrow, we can take up our conversations about how to improve mine safety and keep another disaster like this from happening ever again. As important as that is, today is a day for us to pause and think about the families.

“They have suffered more than most of us can imagine, and the pain of losing their loved ones is something that will be with them every single day. They have a hole in their hearts that can never be fully healed, but through continued love and prayers from all of us, we can hope they may eventually find some measure of peace.”

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