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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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State AG Shapiro hears pension concerns from retired miners in South Union Twp.

Source: The Herald Standard Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro held a roundtable listening session with local United Mine Workers of America members at UMWA’s District 2 office in the Uniontown area Friday afternoon amid the backdrop of a looming insolvency for their union pension plan. Shapiro heard from numerous retired mine workers urging pension reform […]

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 […]

UMWA Release on EPA withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 10, 2017 The Clean Power Plan was destined to fail. America must take a different path to address greenhouse gas emissions. [TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) supports today’s withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) by the Trump administration, while at the same time encouraging the administration […]

UMWA Statement on Supreme Court rejection of Blankenship appeal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       OCTOBER 10, 2017 UMWA statement on Supreme Court rejection of Blankenship appeal [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:             “I join with the families of the 29 victims of the Upper Big Branch disaster, as well as the families of […]

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 […]

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