FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 18, 2019
UMWA urges action to save health care and pensions of retired miners
[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
“I want to thank U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) for speaking on the Senate Floor yesterday about our fight to pass the American Miners Act and save the health care and pensions for retired coal miners.
“I will be testifying about these very issues before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee on July 24, 2019.
“We urge swift action by the House to pass this legislation and get it over to the Senate so that these retirees and widows do not need to worry about whether or not they will have the health care and pensions they deserve.
“It is time to stop the uncertainty these retirees have to live with every day. They earned their health care and their pensions and they do not understand why Washington’s politicians have yet to fulfill America’s promise to them.”