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UMWA President Roberts, Secretary Treasurer Allen to make trek from Marmet to Racine to kick-off Union’s remembrance of 1921 Blair Mountain March and Battle

AUGUST 22, 2019 [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts and International Secretary-Treasurer Levi Allen will walk from Marmet, W.Va., to Racine, W.Va. the morning of September 2, 2019 – Labor Day – in the kick-off event of the UMWA’s two-year remembrance of the 1921 March and Battle of […]

Coal Workers Fight for Benefits as Industry Struggles Under Trump

Source: NBC News Coal workers have been among the president’s strongest supporters, but their pensions remain at risk as industry barons thrive. WASHINGTON — Dozens of retired miners, some in wheelchairs and using oxygen tanks to manage black lung disease, recently visited the Capitol seeking federal help for their failing pension plans. A day later, […]

Unions stick up for the whole working class

Source: Kentucky State AFL-CIO August 7, 2019 We’re used to union-haters lying about us. One of their standby falsehoods is the bogus claim that all unions care about is ourselves. Tuesday‘s rally in support of the protesting Harlan County miners is more proof—as if it were needed—that organized labor sticks up for more than our […]

The Pittston Strike – April 5, 1989

UMWA member, Harless Mullens, from Local Union 2274, speaks about his first day on strike against the Pittston Coal Company in 1989.

A former coal tycoon donated over $1 million to coal miners whose employer declared bankruptcy

“We would like to commend the Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation for their philanthropic support for these miners who deserve to get paid for the work they have done. However, we hope this act of kindness does not conceal the bigger problem that this country faces when it comes to bankruptcy laws. Why are miner’s, […]

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