FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 1, 2016
[TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that it is donating $20,000 to help the victims of last week’s devastating floods in West Virginia.
The union is sending $15,000 to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region for direct assistance to families, and another $5,000 is going to the Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) to help offset the cost of a generator that is being used to supply power to hard-hit rural areas of the state.
“These devastating floods have caused terrible hardship and pain for tens of thousands of West Virginians, including many of our members and retirees,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. “We want to do whatever we can to help provide some measure of comfort to them as they work to rebuild their lives.”
“The UMWA extends its heartfelt prayers to the victims of this tragic flood, especially to the families of those who lost their lives,” Roberts said. “We stand ready to assist in any way we can.”
The UMWA has some 25,000 active and retired members in West Virginia.