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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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West Virginia Supreme Court Ruling Rolling Back Black Lung Benefits – A Travesty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE NOVEMBER 4, 2018 [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The ruling issued on Friday by the West Virginia Supreme Court that limits the ability of miners who are suffering from Black Lung to file workers compensation claims is a travesty. The […]

Justice passes on opportunity to appoint strong advocate for miners to safety office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 2, 2018    [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:   “I was highly disappointed to learn that Gov. Jim Justice (R), passed up a strongly qualified candidate with decades of experience in protecting miners on the job when he […]

UMWA TV spots supporting Manchin start in West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 18, 2018   Digital effort for Manchin and Ojeda also launched [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] Television spots sponsored by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) began running today on broadcast and cable outlets in four West Virginia media markets in support of the re-election of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. The $360,000 buy […]

UMWA statement on Mission Coal filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 16, 2018 [TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “Mission Coal’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday in Alabama makes it the second coal company in two weeks to seek such protection from the courts. Once again, a company […]

Release of Affinity mine from POV oversight a dangerous step in the wrong direction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 1, 2018 [TRIANGLE, VA.]  United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The recent release of the Affinity mine, operated by Pocahontas Coal Company in Raleigh County, W.Va., from the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Pattern of Violations (POV) status is a […]

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