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Miners Protection Act update from Cecil Roberts

President Cecil Roberts gives an update on the current status of the Miners Protection Act.

Retirees need health care!

Thousands of retirees and their dependents will be losing their health care on April 30, 2017 if congress does not pass the Miners Protection Act. Go to our They Earned It page to read more about one of the retirees affected by this legislation. Click here for a list of the co-sponsors of S. 175, […]

UMWA retirees, spouses hit Capitol Hill to lobby for Miners Protection Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 14, 2017 UMWA retirees, spouses hit Capitol Hill to lobby for Miners Protection Act [WASHINGTON, DC]  Dozens of retired coal miners and spouses began making the rounds of congressional offices today, the first of several waves of senior citizens who will come from across the American coalfields to Washington to discuss […]

UMWA Freedom Fighters – Born of Struggle, Shaping the Future

In April of 1989, after working for over a year without a contract, Members of the United Mine Workers of America in southwest Virginia laid down their tools and struck the Pittston Coal Company. The ensuing ten and a half month strike, which much like today’s struggle, hinged on protecting and preserving the pensions and […]

Black Lung Resurgence

Despite the best efforts of the United States Department of Labor through the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to control exposure to respirable coal mine dust, the number of Black Lung cases currently being diagnosed in Appalachia is unprecedented according to some researchers. In the decades since the passage of the 1977 Mine Act, […]

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