FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 13, 2016
Bob Scaramozzino named as UMWA interim International Secretary-Treasurer, Levi Allen to become Secretary-Treasurer in July
[TRIANGLE, VA] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) yesterday voted unanimously to ratify UMWA President Cecil E. Roberts’ nomination of veteran UMWA official Bob Scaramozzino to serve as International Secretary-Treasurer effective January 1, 2017.
Scaramozzino, who is 68, will replace Daniel J. Kane, who is retiring after serving 12 years as Secretary-Treasurer. Scaramozzino was a working coal miner at the Barnes & Tucker mine in Carrolltown, Pa., for 14 years before coming to work for the International Union as an International Health and Safety Representative in 1985.
During his 31-year career with the International Union, Scaramozzino has also served as the Deputy Administrator of the UMWA’s Health and Safety Department, as Administrator of the International President’s Office, and as Executive Assistant to the International President.
Scaramozzino will serve in the position for a 6-month period. On July 1, 2017, Levi Allen will become the International Secretary-Treasurer, filling the unexpired term for the next 2½ years. Scaramozzino will return to the President’s office as Executive Assistant.
Allen, 35 and a native of Moundsville, W. Va., went to work at the McElroy mine in Marshall County, W. Va. in 2007 (the mine is now called the Marshall County mine and is operated by Murray Energy). While there, Allen served in various positions in UMWA Local Union 1638, finishing as Local Union President. Allen came to work for the International Union in 2015.
“Bob Scaramozzino has dedicated his life to the UMWA and is one of the finest leaders in this union,” Roberts said. “There is no one better prepared to take on this interim role and help the UMWA through this transition.”
“Levi Allen is one of the new generation of leaders rising within our union,” Roberts said. “He is fresh out of the coal mine, and he is a strong advocate for our members who continue to provide the fuel that energizes much of our nation.
“Levi is tough when he needs to be, he is smart as a whip, and he is ready to take on all those who threaten our active members and our retirees who are fighting so hard to preserve their health care and pensions,” Roberts said. “I will be proud to have his strong hand at my side as we confront a host of serious issues threatening our active and retired members, their families and communities.”