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UMWA Endorses Boucher, Rahall, Mollohan

February 22, 2010
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(Triangle, Va.) U.S. Representatives  Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) have received unanimous early endorsements from the United Mine Workers of America’s (UMWA) National Council of COMPAC, UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts announced today.

”These three members of Congress are three of the strongest voices for coal and coal miners in the House,” Roberts said. “Their decades of leadership on behalf of our industry has been unsurpassed, and their long records of fighting for good, safe jobs for coal miners has earned them another term in Congress.

“Further, there have been no stronger voices in the House in ensuring that our government’s promise of health care to retired miners and widows was and is kept,” Roberts said. “It is absolutely critical that they continue to be in Congress, standing up for pensioners in the years to come so that the promise continues to be kept.

“I have read and seen where those who are challenging these friends of coal miners are attacking them for not doing enough for coal,” Roberts said. “What a crock. Rep. Boucher has been stalwart in his defense of coal and coal miners throughout his career, and continues to be a leader in the fight to ensure coal’s future.

“Rep. Rahall has been and remains a tireless advocate for our industry, as well as the security of those working in it and retired from it,” Roberts said. “His work to secure the surface mining permit at the Hobet mine saved 500 jobs. His innovative approach to funding retired miners’ health care literally has saved the lives of countless pensioners and widows who otherwise would have been without care.

“Rep. Mollohan was a leader in the fight to strengthen mine health and safety in the wake of the Sago and other tragedies in 2006, and has consistently stood up for a strong, vibrant coal industry,” Robert said. “There can be no doubt of his commitment to our industry and those who work in it.

“We are proud to support each of these outstanding advocates for coal and coal miners,” Roberts said. “They have been there for us again and again. Let there be no doubt that we will be there for them in this election, with all the resources we can bring to bear.”

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