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UMWA members ratify Western Surface Agreement

September 17, 2013
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[TRIANGLE, VA] Members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Local Union 1924, working at the Kayenta mine in the Navajo Nation, yesterday voted by 80 percent to 20 percent to ratify a new Western Surface Agreement with Peabody Western Coal Company.

The 6-year agreement, which went into effect immediately, includes hourly pay increases totaling $5.50 over the life of the agreement, as well as a ratification bonus of $750. The new agreement also includes improvements in pensions for current and future retirees, as well as improvements in life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, sickness and accident and other benefits. Increases in dental and vision insurance coverage by 20 percent from current levels are also included in the agreement.

The agreement also covers retirees from now-closed Peabody Western operations, including the Seneca mine in Colorado and the Big Sky mine in Montana.

“I commend International District 22 Vice President Mike Dalpiaz and the L.U. 1924 leadership for their success in negotiating this contract,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. “We are very proud of our members who work at Kayenta. They are hard-working, professional, productive coal miners who also are among the most safety-conscious miners I have ever met.”

The new agreement will expire on September 18, 2019.

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