Message from Cecil Roberts – Labor Day Weekend


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Labor Day is a special day to celebrate our union and the difference it has made in our lives. But it can’t be the only day we stand up for our union – and for members of the UMWA, it never is.

In the last six years more than 100,000 UMWA members, our families and friends have  gathered in St. Louis, Charleston, Washington, D.C, Columbus, Ohio and elsewhere as we fought to secure the lifetime health care and pensions our members have earned and deserve.

We won half that battle with the preservation of retiree health care benefits for 22,600 people in 2017. Now we need to complete our victory and preserve pension benefits for 86,000 retirees across America.

I’m not sitting still, and I don’t want you to sit still either!

I attended the  Marion County Labor Day Picnic in Mannington, WV on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 along with Secretary-Treasurer Allen.

Then, on Labor Day itself, I attended the Marmet Labor Day March along with Senator Joe Manchin and International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO Sara Nelson.

Senator Manchin, President Nelson and I also attended the Racine Labor Day Event on September 3, 2018.

I was also able to attend District 17’s Labor Day barbecue in Racine, WV on Monday afternoon.

Secretary-Treasurer Allen was in Paden City, WV for their Labor Day event on Saturday, September 1, 2018 as well as the Alabama Labor Day event on Monday, September 3, 2018.

Thank you so much to those to came out for the celebrations.

It is so important to come together and unite as one. On behalf of the entire International Union, I hope everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.