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UMWA, BCOA reach agreement on wage reopener

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 13, 2019 [TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA) that will result in a $1.00 per hour wage increase over the remaining life of the existing agreement and the restoration of a holiday for […]

United Mine Workers of America employees and supporters celebrate new District 31 building

Source: 12 WBOY AIRMONT W. Va. – United Mine Workers of America employees and supporters came together to celebrate the opening of a new building for UMWA District 31 workers. Renovations to the new Country Club building were completed in early April. The District staff completed the move from the former District office on Gaston Avenue […]

UMWA wins mine pre-shift inspection decision in U.S. Circuit Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 12, 2019 [WASHINGTON, D.C.] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday sided with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and the United Steelworkers international union (USW) in a suit the two unions brought to vacate a 2018 Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) […]

Union Plus – Legal Help: Find Free and Discounted Legal Help Today

Get Legal Advice Today — No Sign-up Required Union families get access to these Legal Program benefits automatically — no enrollment forms or fees required. Simply select a participating lawyer and get access to these Legal Program benefits:   Free Initial Consultation Up to 30 minutes with a lawyer (in person or over the phone). […]

Bloomberg attacks Appalachian families, communities once again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 10, 2019   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has demonstrated his contempt for the working families of Appalachia and other coal-dependent communities once again with his $500 million pledge to destroy […]

West Virginia’s Senate leadership’s union busting is an embarrassment to our state

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 4, 2019 [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today, after the passage of legislation by the West Virginia Senate that includes language that would prohibit strikes by teachers and school support personnel and subject them to being fired if they […]

Bankruptcy as Bailout – Coal Company Insolvency and the Erosion of Federal Law

Source: Stanford Law Review Almost half of all the coal produced in the United States is mined by companies that have recently gone bankrupt. This Article explains how those bankruptcy proceedings have undermined federal environmental and labor laws. In particular, coal companies have used the Bankruptcy Code to evade congressionally imposed liabilities requiring that they […]

Retired coal miners seek Congress’s help to preserve their pensions

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WASHINGTON — Dave VanSickle spent most of his life underground cutting and loading coal. Some days were grueling, but he got through the worst of them by reminding himself he was working toward a worry-free retirement with a pension guaranteed to sustain him through old age. That financial security is about to be yanked […]

Power Struggle: Kemmerer’s Coal Dilemma

Source: KTWO-TV The United Mine Workers of America is actively working to pass legislation that will secure the pension and health care of the Kemmerer retirees. HR 934 was introduced on January 31, 2019. For more information visit our Current Legislation page.

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