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UMWA walking the picket lines with West Virginia school personnel again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 19, 2019 ​ [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts…

UMWA asks for correction in NPR/Frontline story regarding resurgence of Black Lung

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2019 [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued…

West Virginia Legislators attack miners’ health and safety again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 11, 2019 [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued…

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Westmoreland miners, retirees cry foul about bankrupt company asking for executive bonuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 18, 2018 [HOUSTON, TX.] Six active and retired workers from Westmoreland Coal Company’s Kemmerer mine traveled here to witness today’s hearing in the US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Texas as the company’s lawyers argued for bonuses to be paid to high-paid executives of the bankrupt company.             “It’s […]

Rise in Black Lung disease fault of companies, regulators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 18, 2018 [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:             “The news story from NPR and Frontline this morning about a new epidemic of Black Lung among coal miners was well done, but it failed to drive home who the […]

UMWA strongly supports Sen. Manchin as ranking member on Energy and Natural Resources Committee

[CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “I am deeply troubled by the statements made by some, including at least one incoming member of the House of Representatives, that U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) should be prevented from taking the position of Ranking Member […]

UMWA sues Mine Safety and Health Administration for unlawfully lifting POV status at Affinity mine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 30, 2019 [TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) yesterday filed a complaint in the United States District Court for Southern District of West Virginia, charging that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) unlawfully released Pocahontas Coal Company, LLC’s Affinity Mine from MSHA’s Pattern of Violations (POV) […]

UMWA’s Roberts’ Statement on Veterans Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 9, 2018 [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:             “As we mark the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day this weekend, it is not enough to merely thank the millions of veterans who surround us in every community for their […]

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