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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…

U.S. Department of Labor’s new Black Lung Medical Payments Proposed Rule

Does it Reduce Costs or Eliminate Benefits? The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (Agency) in the U.S. Department of Labor…

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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 […]

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 […]

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