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AFL-CIO 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

The Fierce Urgency of Now Join hundreds of social justice professionals, activists and community leaders in Washington, D.C., for the 2019 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. In Dr. King’s famous 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom speech, he told a divided nation that we need one another […]

Workers of bankrupt Westmoreland Coal take fight to protect retirees to company’s Englewood doorstep

Source: The Denver Post As Westmoreland Coal Co. tries to emerge from bankruptcy, union members from one of its mines are picketing at the company’s headquarters in Englewood to protest efforts to cut retirees’ health insurance and pensions. Sarah Myers, an employee at Westmoreland’s mine in Kemmerer in southwest Wyoming, said Thursday the union wants to keep […]

Resources for Members Impacted by Government Shutdown

Source: Union Plus If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been impacted by the 2019 Federal Government shutdown, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Furlough Grant Program.1 $300 Furlough Grant For eligible Union Plus Credit Cardholders2 who are furloughed or excepted due to […]

Ohio Valley Senators Again Aim to Shore Up Shaky Pension Plan For Coal Miners

Source: Ohio Valley Resource Following a failed attempt to address a looming crisis in many multi-employer pension programs, two Ohio Valley lawmakers have introduced a bill in Congress to shore up the shaky pension plan for coal miners. The bill also aims to protect health benefits and restore funding for the federal trust fund providing […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: Coal Companies, Politicians are Derelict in Care

Source: Times West Virginian  Many a local man has spent decades digging coal in the dark, damp and dangerous mines of southern West Virginia, providing enough dirty black mineral to build and power a nation. And now, many of those men, tethered to an oxygen tank, are struggling to breathe. They are victims of black […]

UIC Lung Disease Study

Dear Union Members: We are occupational pulmonologists – doctors specializing in work-related lung diseases – at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and we would like to ask you to consider taking part in a research study about lung diseases that occur in miners, which include “black lung” disease and chronic […]

Legislation introduced to secure miners pensions and health care

Source: The Register-Herald A recently introduced piece of legislation — the American Miners Act of 2019 — is aiming to secure the nation’s retired miners’ pensions and health care. Introduced by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Mark Warner, D-Va., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., the bill would: • Amend the Surface […]

December 21, 2018 robocall from President Roberts

President Roberts sent  out a robocall on December 21, 2018 to update everyone on the status of our ongoing pension fight. If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 703-291-2400.

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