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Number 9 Mine Explosion Honored 49 Years Later

Source: WDTV.COM FARMINGTON, W.Va. (WDTV) - In 1968, the local communities of Farmington and Mannington were rocked by the mine disaster…

Victims of Farmington mine disaster remembered on 49th anniversary

Source: WV MetroNews FARMINGTON, W.Va. — Hundreds gathered to honor the lives and sacrifices of the 78 miners who perished in…

Unanimous Vote at the 2017 International Special Convention

On November 3, 2017, 371 delegates representing 267 locals unanimously voted to pass three resolutions that give the UMWA the…

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Miners Pension Act – Necessary measure merits support

Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph The region’s congressional delegation in Washington is backing the American Miners Pension Act,  a necessary measure aimed at protecting more than 87,000 current beneficiaries and another 20,000 eligible coal miners with vested pension. The 1974 UMWA Pension Plan is currently headed toward insolvency. The AMP Act aims to shore up the 1974 […]

American Miners Pension Act sparks regional divide in Congress

Source: The Washington Times The latest attempt to secure benefits for tens of thousands of retired coal miners pits Appalachia against the West, with battle lines drawn by region and not by party as Congress seeks to solve a looming crisis by pumping federal loans into failing pension plans. Last week, a bipartisan group of […]

Bipartisan Bill Would Prop Up Coal Miners’ Pensions

Source: Ohio Valley ReSource A bipartisan Congressional group from the Ohio Valley and beyond introduced a new bill to save pensions for retired union coal miners throughout the region. The American Miners Pension Act, or AMP, would secure pensions for about 43,000 miners in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia whose retirement benefits have been undermined by the […]

UMWA meets with MSHA chief nominee

Source: WV Metro News WASHINGTON, D.C. — United Mine Workers Union President Cecil Roberts says union officials met last week with President Donald Trump’s nominee to head up the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, David Zatezalo. Zatezalo, of Wheeling, is the the former chief executive of Rhino Resources. Roberts said the union wants to keep an […]

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