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Roberts, Kane reelected to top UMWA offices

August 18, 2014
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[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts and International Secretary-Treasurer Daniel J. Kane have been reelected by acclamation to new five-year terms as the international union's top officers, the union's Auditor/Tellers certified last Friday.

"I am extremely honored to be given this responsibility for another five years," Roberts said. "To have the trust of the membership of this union and for them to continue to have such confidence in our leadership is humbling. Dan and I pledge to continue doing our best to keep our union strong and vital in what are very challenging times for the active and retired workers we represent - coal miners, manufacturing workers, health care workers, maintenance workers and civil service workers."

"We have met and overcome many challenges over the last five years of our administration," Roberts said, "not the least of which was our battle for fairness at Patriot Coal last year. As a result of that fight, we were able to maintain jobs for our members and the pensions and health care our retirees earned remain in place.

"Today, we are confronted with a severe challenge that will have long-term implications for our very survival as an institution," Roberts said. "As our members working in the coal industry stand up for their jobs, their communities and their way of life, I want everyone to know that we will continue to fight for those members wherever and whenever we must."

"When the membership of the UMWA decides to put you in a leadership role, they expect you to do something on their behalf," Kane said. "Cecil and I have done just that, and we will continue to be strong advocates for our active members and their jobs, our retirees and their dependents, and our families and the communities where our members live and work."

Also elected with Roberts and Kane were a slate of nine International At-Large and International District Vice Presidents, who together make up the union's International Executive Board; and three International Auditor/Tellers representing Canada and the eastern and western United States (list below).

Among those is Tanya James, a coal miner from West Virginia who is the new Auditor/Teller for the eastern United States. She becomes the first woman elected to international office in the UMWA's 124-year history. In the previous UMWA election in 2009, International At-Large Vice President James Gibbs became the first African-American to be elected to union-wide office.

The UMWA constitution requires that a candidate receive nominations from at least 20 percent of local unions in a jurisdiction to be listed on the ballot. No one other than members of the Roberts/Kane slate received a nomination, meaning the entire slate was elected by acclamation.

Roberts has served as International President of the UMWA since 1995, and has now been reelected by acclamation for the fifth time. He has served in that office longer than anyone other than the legendary John L. Lewis, who was President of the UMWA from 1920-1960. A West Virginia native, Roberts first won International Union office in 1982, when he was elected Vice President.

Kane was elected to his position in 2004 and has been reelected by acclamation twice. A Pennsylvania native, Kane was first elected to serve on the UMWA International Executive Board in 1985.

Others elected to International offices are:

At-Large International Vice Presidents:

Don Barnett

James Gibbs

Donnie Samms

International District Vice Presidents:

District 2: Ed Yankovich (Pa., N.Y., eastern Canada)

District 12: Steve Earle  (western Ky., Ind., Ill., Mo.)

District 17: Joe Carter (southern W. Va., eastern Ky., southern Oh., southwest Va.)

District 20: Daryl Dewberry (Ala.)

District 22: Mike Dalpiaz (western U.S.)

District 31: Mike Caputo (northern W. Va., eastern Oh.)


International Auditor/Tellers:

Bob Burchell (Canada)

Tanya James (eastern U.S.)

Roy Fernandez (western U.S)

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