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Williamson Hospital, Your Friends on "the Hill"

UMWA Local Union 9462 Members, Serving the Community Williamson Memorial Hospital was established in Williamson, West Virginia in 1918 to…

Black Lung Champion Charles E. Brooks Remembered

Charles E. Brooks may not be a name recognized by many people outside the area around Cedar Grove, WV where…

UMWA Local Union 425 - Helping to Build The Nation

The Members of UMWA Local Union 425 working at Carmeuse Lime and Stone take great pride in their ability to…

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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 America in southwest Virginia laid down their tools and struck the Pittston Coal Company. The ensuing ten and a half month strike, which much like today’s struggle, hinged on protecting and preserving the pensions and […]

Black Lung Resurgence

Despite the best efforts of the United States Department of Labor through the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to control exposure to respirable coal mine dust, the number of Black Lung cases currently being diagnosed in Appalachia is unprecedented according to some researchers. In the decades since the passage of the 1977 Mine Act, […]

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 of the Bill. These Members spent long days on Capitol Hill talking with Senators and House members, filling the galleries of both chambers to listen to hours of debate that would determine the fate of […]

A Pardon for the “Most Dangerous Woman in America?”

In September 2, 2016, H. John Rogers, an Attorney and UMWA Associate member from New Martinsville, WV, submitted an application to WV Governor Tomlin for the posthumous pardon of Mother Jones. The action, if approved by the Governor, would not expunge her conviction, but would forgive her for the “said crime.” President Roberts sent a […]

Risking Freedom to “Keep the Promise”

UMWA Membership Always Ready to Meet the Challenge The buses began lining 3rd Street in Washington, D.C., early on the morning of September 8th. For anyone on Capitol Hill who doubted the resolve and commitment of UMWA members to the fight to secure their hard-earned pension and health care benefits, that question was answered early […]

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