Preserving Our Pensions

Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to speak to the offices of your Senators and Representative, as well as Congressional leadership.

Senate Bill 2788, sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) had 12 original cosponsors including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito. (R-W.Va.)

The bill addresses two critical issues that confront retired coal miners and their families:

  1. Preserving pensions for UMWA 1974 Plan beneficiaries and;
  2. Maintaining health care coverage for retirees of coal companies that went bankrupt in 2018 and 2019

Without action by Congress, these pensions could be in jeopardy within a few months. Unless Congress acts NOW, the amount of money available to pay pensions for the longer term will be severely reduced and the fund will become insolvent by 2022. This will force the fund to fall under the responsibility of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) which will not be able to sufficiently sustain the 82,000 people currently receiving a pension through the UMWA Health and Retirement Fund and the 10,000 more who have qualifies to receive one

This issue concerns everyone! In order to be successful in this fight to preserve our pensions we must work together as one to ensure Congress passes this legislation.

We are asking everyone to help us in our fight to preserve the pensions for retired miners or their surviving spouses. The best way to do this is to call your member of Congress and make sure they support the Bipartisan American Miner’s Act. Click here to see if your Member of Congress is listed as a Co-Sponsor to this bill!

Click here for more information about this legislation and to find your local representatives.

Remember, call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they can direct you to the appropriate office.

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UMWA retirees have been fighting for their pensions for 9 years. We won’t stop until we win! Join us!

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Help for coal miners: Flame the ember of hope for miners’ pension rescue

Right is right. A promise is a promise. For generations, coal has powered our lives. It has heated our homes, fueled the conduction of electricity that lit our lamps, ignited the Industrial Revolution. And it was coaxed from the earth by miners who risked their lives and sacrificed their health in the effort that didn’t just blacken their faces and their hands, but also their lungs.

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Right is right. A promise is a promise. For generations, coal has powered our lives. It has heated our homes, fueled the conduction of electricity that lit our lamps, ignited the Industrial Revolution. And it was coaxed from the earth by miners who risked their lives and sacrificed their health in the effort that didn’t just blacken their faces and their hands, but also their lungs.

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