Just because workers are retired does not mean that they can’t still be proud, actively involved members of the United Mine Workers of America. Tens of thousands of retired coal miners continue to pay dues to the UMWA and remain a key part of the union.
Dues-paying retirees can vote in union elections and elect delegates to the UMWA’s Constitutional Convention. Their continued commitment to the strength and solidarity of the UMWA keeps our union one of the most united and militant labor unions in the United States and Canada.
The UMWA won the decade-long fight to secure pensions for tens of thousands of retirees and their spouses. Retired union coal miners were promised retirement benefits by the United States government as a result of the Krug-Lewis Agreement in 1946.
“Some of the most impressive lobbying you’ve ever seen were UMWA retirees and those camouflaged t-shirts. They were the talk of Capitol Hill. UMWA retirees in $6 tee-shirts out lobbied K-Street lobbyists in $10,000 suits."