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Westmoreland and Estevan mine employees reach new deal

The over 300 employees of the Estevan Mine, members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Local 7606, ratified a four-year collective bargaining agreement on Dec. 16. Collective bargaining between Westmoreland Mining LLC and the UMWA Local 7606 began on July 30 and the parties were able to reach an agreement after numerous bargaining […]

UMWA mourns miner killed in West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 24, 2019   UMWA mourns miner killed in West Virginia   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:   “The hearts and prayers of the entire UMWA are with the family of Raymond L. Starkey, 21, who was fatally injured […]

UMWA applauds Fayette County, PA’s 2020 budget which includes the building of a new county prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 23, 2019   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today regarding the Fayette County Commissioners’ decision to include funding for a new county prison to be completed in the next two years.   “This is a long time coming. Our […]

President Roberts’ end of year message – 12.21.2019

UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts thanks the UMWA membership for their hard work and dedication in reaching the finish line of the 10 year battle to preserve the pensions of over 92,000 retired and active miners. This legislation also secured the health care for over 14,000 miners.

Senator Joe Manchin celebrates the inclusion of the Bipartisan American Miners Act

Senator Joe Manchin (D-Wv.) celebrates the inclusion of the Bipartisan American Miners Act in the final funding package to keep the government open. It secures pensions and healthcare for tens of thousands of coal miners, their widows & families.   “I’m on the Senate floor today to celebrate a bipartisan agreement to secure pensions and […]

Union Plus Shopping Discounts

Source: Union Plus Savings for the Whole Family with Union Plus Shopping Discounts We’re proud to offer union member only discounts on everything from fashion to beauty and electronics to everyday household items from national and local retailers you know and trust. You’ll always find a reason to celebrate your union savings   Stylish Savings […]

A Letter to the Navajo Nation

December 17, 2019   Brothers and Sisters,   This is a follow-up to the October 1, 2019 letter that we sent to you concerning the Nation’s refusal to bargain with the UMWA. We want to provide you with an update regarding this dispute.   The UMWA is working very hard to get the Nation to […]

Miners say “It started with a promise”

Source: WDTV December 17, 2019     W.Va (WDTV) — After years of fighting, it looks like mine workers will finally be getting the benefits they say they were promised back in 1946. Senator Manchin’s Bipartisan American Miners Act is now included in the final budget bill. The bill will be reviewed by the House […]

Roberts credits UMWA retirees with victory

Source: WV MetroNews December 17, 2019   WASHINGTON, D.C. — United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts won’t rest until the legislation to shore up pension and healthcare benefits for his members is signed by President Donald Trump. However, speaking on MetroNews “Talkline” Tuesday, Roberts admitted he was extremely confident the time will arrive […]

Miners pension funding will get a vote this week in Congress as part of government funding package

Source: WV MetroNews December 16, 2019   WASHINGTON, D.C. — A long fight which has kept retired coal miners in West Virginia and across the United States with near constant uncertainty may be nearing an end. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin on Monday announced the bipartisan American Miners Act will be included in the funding package to […]

President Roberts tribute to Local Union 1189 member, Bil Musgrave.

President Roberts tribute to Local Union 1189 member, Bil Musgrave.

Miners’ pension and retiree health care language included in appropriations legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The inclusion of Bipartisan American Miners Act in the appropriations legislation to be considered by Congress this week is a tremendous victory for tens of thousands of retired miners, their […]

Miners’ pension and retiree health care language included in appropriations legislation

President Roberts gives an update on the Bipartisan American Miners Act and our next step in preserving the pensions miners deserve.

Navajo Nation Employees Collective Bargaining Rights

Your rights are under attack!!!               That’s right, your rights granted by past Navajo Nation Councils and Presidents are being ignored.  We want to let you know what is happening right now as you read this information.  But first, please allow us to give you a little history about your rights.             In 1992, […]

Remembering Robena: mine disaster still hangs heavy 57 years later

Source: Herald Standard Date: December 10, 2019 Unlike the 29 degree temperature at the Robena Mine’s Frosty Run Shaft on Dec. 6, 1962, when an underground explosion took the lives of 37 coal miners, those who gathered at the Robena miners’ memorial for the 57th anniversary memorial ceremony basked in relatively warm temperatures. According to […]

Senator Manchin on the Bipartisan American Miners Act – December 11, 2019

Senator Joe Manchin spoke on the Senate floor December 11, 2019, about the need for Congress to ACT NOW and preserve the pensions and health care of our nation’s miners. This must be done THIS YEAR or thousands of miners will lose their health care by the end of the year and even more will […]

Manchin warns he’ll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation

Source: The Hill December 11, 2019 Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) warned on Tuesday that he will block leadership from speeding up any bills, including legislation to fund the government, until he gets a deal on legislation to shore up funding for miners’ pension and health care. “Anything and everything,” Manchin said, responding to a question on if he […]

Union Plus: Union-Made Holiday Gift Ideas

Source: Union Plus   Union-Made Holiday Gift Ideas It’s not too late to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America. There is a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, made by union members.   Apparel and Accessories Brooks Brothers […]

UMWA President Cecil E. Roberts during the 1989 Pittston Strike

Local Union 1569 member, Lee Potter, talks about the impact then Vice President Cecil E. Roberts made during the 1989 Pittston Strike.

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