Contact Us

NOTE: If you have a question concerning your health or retirement please call the UMWA Health and Retirement Funds at 1-800-291-1425 or go to for more information. The UMWA Health and Retirement Funds is a separate entity from the UMWA International Union.


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Associate Membership

The Associate Membership is a way for a surviving spouse, family member, or general supporter of the United Mine Workers to become part of the movement to restore fairness, justice, and dignity for working families. This office also handles all Union Plus Benefits offered to all UMWA members!


Civil and Human Rights

The Civil and Human Rights Department works both with other labor unions and affiliates and within the UMWA to promote diversity education and to build bridges between union brothers and sisters, for the protection of our member’s fundamental rights. We fight to defend the mental and physical well-being of our members in their work environments. Everyone, regardless of color, age, gender, or sexuality, has a right to feel comfortable in their workplace.


Collection and Archives

The United Mine Workers of America Archives includes thousands of photographs of UMWA members and leaders, including those that were published in the United Mine Workers Journal, the longest continually-published labor periodical in the United States.



The Government Affairs advocates for the UMWA’s membership in Washington, D.C., and in state capitols throughout the U.S. regarding legislation and regulations that affect UMWA members and their families.


General Questions

If you have a general question for UMWA International, feel free to contact us here! A UMWA International Staff member will make sure to route your question to the correct department!


Lorin E. Kerr Scholarship/T&E Fund

Two UMWA-Lorin E. Kerr Scholarships will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year to help individuals pursue undergraduate degrees in any field at accredited colleges or universities in the United States or Canada.


Media Inquiries

The Communications Department manages the union’s social media outlets as well as the UMWA website. They ensure that our viewership gets the most up-to-date information about union activities. They also produce all in-house videography for the union as well as spread the UMWA’s message to the general public across North America. All media inquiries should be directed to the Communications Department.



The Organizing Department bolsters the UMWA’s future with an innovative and proactive organizing strategy with an intimate approach. They work to further diversify the union’s membership, bringing it into the next millennia.


UMW Journal

The Journal Department produces the award-winning, bi-monthly publication The United Mine Workers Journal. The UMW Journal’s first issue was printed in January 1890, and it is the longest continually-published union periodical in North American history.


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