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The UMWA will spend this holiday honoring and mourning the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your service. We will never forget the sacrifices you have made.
Steve Earle has long captured true blue-collar spirit in his music, but with this album he has also captured the struggles of West Virginia coal miners who put their lives and health on the line every single day – far too many of them without the protection of a union contract. The choice coal operators give to nonunion miners is not whether they want a union or not, it is whether they want a job or not. The miners at the Upper Big Branch mine voted against organizing a UMWA Local Union on two separate occasions as a result of campaigns of outright fear and intimidation by their employer, Massey Energy. They knew their mine was not safe. But they needed the job. That was the choice they had. God Bless those miners who lost their lives that terrible day in April, and God Bless their families today. It IS about the blood.”
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Matewan when a shootout occurred in the town of Matewan, West Virginia between the local coal miners and Baldwin–Felts Detective Agency. UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts talks about the events that took place on May 19, 1920 and the impact it has made on how we live today.
The United Mine Workers have long fought for better health and safety on the job, as we have lost more members than any other union to disasters and occupational diseases. Indeed, miners and their families led the way in demanding creation of the first federal occupational safety enforcement agency, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), in the wake of the Farmington #9 explosion in 1968.
As we recognize Workers Memorial Day 2020, we pray for those workers killed or injured on the job this year, last year, and every year. And we call on all Americans to join us as we get right back to fighting for the living.