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United Mine Workers of America negotiates contract as future of Westmoreland Coal becomes uncertain

Source: Kemmerer Gazette Kemmerer coal miners and United Mine Workers of America members packed the Event Center on Friday, April…

President Roberts Discusses Second Joint Select Committee Meeting

President Roberts speaks about the The Joint Select Committee in charge of solving the pension crisis who held their second…

Joint Pension Committee Meets to Understand Risk of Plans Collapsing

Source: WV Metro News WASHINGTON — A congressional committee dedicated to addressing funding for multiemployer pension plans met Wednesday to understand…

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Kentucky Lawmakers Didn’t Consult with Feds About Limiting Black Lung Claims Reviewers

LEXINGTON, KY – – – The federal agency that trains, tests and certifies the physicians who read X-rays and diagnose the deadly coal miners’ disease black lung said it was not consulted by Kentucky lawmakers in the 14 months they considered a new law that mostly limits diagnoses to pulmonologists working for coal companies. As NPR […]

Black lung Surges; A Tragedy – But Not a Surprise

From the early days of the 20th Century, until the passage of the 1969 Coal Act in the wake of the Farmington #9 Disaster, over 100,000 miners died in the United States from Black Lung Disease. In 1978, the federal Mine Safety and Health Act set limits on miner’s exposure to respirable dust, and the […]

Cecil Roberts: We honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: Charleston Gazette Mail As Americans mark the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, 50 years ago this week, we must continue our struggle to ensure that he did not die in vain. There is still too much poverty, too much inequality in our nation. We have not made enough […]

Bill slows detection of black lung, other workplace illnesses

Source: Lexington Herald Leader  April 04, 2018 07:28 PM BY BILL LONDRIGAN AND AND STEVE EARLE In 1996, Kentucky instituted a completely new process for determining whether workers exposed to coal dust had contracted coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung disease — a progressive, incurable disease caused only by breathing excessive amounts of coal […]

Tribal and Union Delegation Calls on Central Arizona Project Board of Directors to Take Long-Term Power from the Navajo Generating Station

Source: PRNewsWire.com PHOENIX, April 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A group representing tribal leaders and the United Mine Workers of America today asked the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Board of Directors to take an active role supporting a smooth transition to new ownership for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and set aside proposals for power purchase agreements that […]

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