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Breathless and Betrayed Coal miners are suffering an unprecedented spike in the most severe form of black lung disease. On June 19, President Cecil Roberts spoke to the committee about the need for action!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2019 (Pittsburgh) – Cecil Roberts, President of the United Mine Workers of America, and Leo W. Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers International Union, today called for a new standard to protect miners from silica dust. The request came in a letter to David Zatezalo, the head of the Mine […]
Source: E&E News June 18, 2019 A spike in the number of cases of black lung disease has put federal regulators in the crosshairs of the new House Democratic majority. With a hearing titled “Breathless and Betrayed,” the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections appears ready to take the Department of Labor’s Mine […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 13, 2019 [TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA) that will result in a $1.00 per hour wage increase over the remaining life of the existing agreement and the restoration of a holiday for […]
Source: 12 WBOY AIRMONT W. Va. – United Mine Workers of America employees and supporters came together to celebrate the opening of a new building for UMWA District 31 workers. Renovations to the new Country Club building were completed in early April. The District staff completed the move from the former District office on Gaston Avenue […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 12, 2019 [WASHINGTON, D.C.] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday sided with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and the United Steelworkers international union (USW) in a suit the two unions brought to vacate a 2018 Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) […]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 10, 2019 [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has demonstrated his contempt for the working families of Appalachia and other coal-dependent communities once again with his $500 million pledge to destroy […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 4, 2019 [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today, after the passage of legislation by the West Virginia Senate that includes language that would prohibit strikes by teachers and school support personnel and subject them to being fired if they […]
Source: Stanford Law Review Almost half of all the coal produced in the United States is mined by companies that have recently gone bankrupt. This Article explains how those bankruptcy proceedings have undermined federal environmental and labor laws. In particular, coal companies have used the Bankruptcy Code to evade congressionally imposed liabilities requiring that they […]
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WASHINGTON — Dave VanSickle spent most of his life underground cutting and loading coal. Some days were grueling, but he got through the worst of them by reminding himself he was working toward a worry-free retirement with a pension guaranteed to sustain him through old age. That financial security is about to be yanked […]
Source: KTWO-TV The United Mine Workers of America is actively working to pass legislation that will secure the pension and health care of the Kemmerer retirees. HR 934 was introduced on January 31, 2019. For more information visit our Current Legislation page.