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UMWA membership rejects proposed agreement with the BCOA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 28, 2016 [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today regarding the vote by the UMWA membership to not ratify a proposed collective bargaining agreement with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association: “This is a democratic union. The membership has had their […]

UMWA Board told of dire conditions of retiree health care and pension plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 20, 2016 [TRIANGLE, VA.] The International Executive Board of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), meeting at UMWA headquarters here yesterday, heard reports from Trustees of the UMWA Health and Retirement Funds and the Patriot Voluntary Employee Beneficial Association (VEBA) about the rapidly deteriorating status of the health care and […]

Special interest attacks on Jim Justice will backfire

[CHARLESTON, W. VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil Roberts issued the following statement today: “The television ad on the air in West Virginia from the Republican Governor’s Association about Jim Justice demonstrates just how tone deaf these out-of-state special interests are. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Jim […]

UMWA statement on ruling in Alpha Natural Resources bankruptcy case

[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “Yesterday’s ruling by Judge Kevin R. Huennekens stripping away our collective bargaining agreement with Alpha Natural Resource and wiping away the company’s obligation for retiree benefits came as no surprise. “We are trying to reach an agreement […]

UMWA applauds DOL’s Black Lung Benefits rule

[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The final rule issued this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs is a tremendous step forward in breaking down many of the barriers miners face as they try to get […]

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