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The Union is YOU and your co-workers

At the United Mine Workers of America, the essence of the union is a powerful and united force, and it is not some abstract entity—it is comprised of you and your fellow workers. The UMWA is an organization that champions the rights and interests of the hardworking men and women who are the backbone of the mining industry.

The United Mine Workers of America prides itself on being a democratic organization at every level. This means that decision-making power and leadership positions are in the hands of the members, ensuring that your voice and concerns are heard and acted upon.

The local union officers and committees are the lifeblood of the UMWA. These dedicated individuals are elected by the union members at your worksite, making them your direct representatives. They work tirelessly to address your workplace issues, negotiate contracts, and protect your rights on the job.

Democracy is not limited to the local level. District Representatives, Vice Presidents, and International officers of the UMWA are also elected by the rank and file. This means that the leadership of the union is accountable to its members and must earn their trust and support.

The UMWA is not a small, exclusive group—it’s a vast organization made up of tens of thousands of workers just like you. These workers are united by a common goal: to stand together, to support each other, and to make a real and lasting difference in their working conditions, safety, wages, and benefits.

By joining the United Mine Workers of America, you become part of a community of workers who have the power to effect positive change. When united, you can negotiate fair contracts, ensure safe working conditions, advocate for benefits and healthcare, and make your voice heard on the issues that matter most to you and your co-workers.

In summary, the UMWA is not an abstract concept—it is a dynamic, democratic organization that empowers workers like you to take control of your destiny and make tangible improvements in your working lives. The Union is a collective force, and together, you and your co-workers have the ability to shape your future and stand up for your rights in the mining industry.

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