Membership in the United Mine Workers of America has numerous benefits, primarily from the collective bargaining agreements. These contracts, include industry leading safety standards, wages, and benefits for dozens of industries. To find out more about the different industries the UMWA represents, click here.
There are many other benefits to being a union member as well, either working under a collective bargaining agreement or as an Associate Member. Union members are eligible for discounted rates on credit cards, mortgages, wireless bills, and much more through Union Plus.
Take part in Union Plus’ FREE COLLEGE program! The Union Plus Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate degree completely online – for FREE.
The Lorin E. Kerr Scholarship provides financial assistance to members’ children or grandchildren who attend college. Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.
The UMWA is engaged in the nation’s capital on behalf of our members, their families and their communities. We’re fighting to keep health care and pension benefits for retired UMWA members in the coal industry secure; for safe, secure jobs for all our members; for a sensible energy policy that recognizes the central role coal can and will continue to play in power generation for decades to come; for quality health care for all Americans and especially retirees; for the protection of Social Security and Medicare for current and future retirees; and for strong protections for workers’ rights on the job.
The UMWA Benefits Services Program continues to contract with legal firms around the country to provide legal services to UMWA members, retirees, widows and their dependents. The firms offer prompt services on a contingency and reduced-fee basis in Workers’ Compensation claims, Federal and State Black Lung, Social Security Disability, Unemployment Claims, and other litigation.
As a UMWA member, your local can enroll you in the annual UMWA Summer School program. This program covers a number of basic to more advance classes that include, Labor at Work:
Labor Issues and the Workplace, Steward Training & Labor History, Practical Grievance Handling: Writing and Presentation and more. The 2019 Summer School program even provided an opportunity to learn directly from UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts. Click here for more information on this year’s training.
The Mine Academy Safety Committee holds Surface/Underground training opportunities bi-annually and has been for the last 25 years. This two-week training program covers federal safety laws, any changes made to safety standards, and is available to any member’s local union Safety Committee. Click here for a copy of the most recent UMWA Local Union Health and Safety Committee Training Session Application.
The UMWA offers an annual two-day Correction Officer’s in classroom and range training to our UMWA Correction Officers. The training is centered around contract enforcement with a special emphasis on grievance handling and record keeping.