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UMWA Freedom Fighters - Born of Struggle, Shaping the Future

In April of 1989, after working for over a year without a contract, Members of the United Mine Workers of…

Black Lung Resurgence

Despite the best efforts of the United States Department of Labor through the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to…

The Membership Always Meets the Challenge

UMWA Members accompanied by elected officials and staff from across the coalfields arrived in Washington, DC to lobby on behalf…

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We are Going to Washington, D.C. – Together we will win this Struggle

“We have been patient and respectful, but we have also been abundantly clear in our efforts to force both the coal operators and the government to fulfill their Promise of Cradle-to-Grave health care and pensions they made to miners in 1946. We have been successful in forcing the operators to set aside money to pay for […]

Conditions at Fayette County Prison can no longer be tolerated

Requesting responsible action by county officials regarding this matter has received no response The failure of many officials in Fayette County to address the current conditions at the antiquated lock-up, located in the heart of Uniontown, PA, only heightens the potentials for a tragic incident to occur. Based on the UMWA assessment of the situation, […]

Senators Secure Committee Vote on Miners Protection Act

As the shortened summer session of Congress was winding down, supporters of the Miners Protection Act. – S.1714 – in the United States Senate used several legislative procedures to secure a September vote for the bill in the Senate Finance Committee. The bill’s two lead sponsors, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito […]

The Promise of 1946

John L. Lewis and Secretary of the Interior Julius Krug sign the historic Krug-Lewis Agreement in the White House that ended the 1946 UMWA strike and created the UMWA Health and Welfare Funds. President Harry S. Truman (seated to the left of Krug) ensured the U.S. Government was the guarantor of the Agreement. To the […]

L.U. 105 Members caring for others

Tammy Ramsey and Diedra Mays are two of more than 70 members of UMWA Local Union 105 in District 17 who work at Parkview Nursing Home. The 120-bed facility located in Pikeville, KY provides area patients with both short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care, including end-of-life services. The Union has been the bargaining agent at […]

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