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Navajo Nation president says the ‘curve is flattening’ with COVID-19 cases

Source: AZCentral. Despite recently surpassing New York to have the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the country, Navajo Nation president Jonathan Nez said on Memorial Day that “the curve is flattening on the Navajo Nation.” As of Monday, the Navajo Nation had 4,794 cases of COVID-19 and the number of deaths associated with the disease reached 157. Nearly 1,500 people have […]

Black lung is back: why more is needed to fight dust

Source: Mining Technology Despite improvements in health and safety in US mining, dust inhalation remains a real threat, with black lung seeing a resurgence in cases. We speak to the Mine Safety and Health Administration about this challenge, and how it aims to tackle it. US mining has enjoyed years of continued improvements with regard […]

Conor Lamb supports coal miners, coal miners support Conor Lamb

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 26, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “As a U.S. Army veteran who served in combat in Vietnam, I was saddened to see the President’s attacks on Congressman Conor Lamb yesterday. I was even sadder to see […]

Matewan massacre remembered 100 years later

Source: WV MetroNews   CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the Matewan massacre, in which Mingo County officials and detectives with Baldwin-Felts Detectives Inc. engaged in a conflict that would lead to the West Virginia Mine War. Thirteen detectives traveled to Matewan to evict union coal miners out of their homes, which were owned by […]

UMWA stands with Navajo people as they fight COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 19, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The coronavirus pandemic that has struck the United States has brought death and economic devastation in multiple regions, but none more so than the Navajo Nation, which has surpassed New […]

Matewan 100th Year Anniversary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Matewan when a shootout occurred in the town of Matewan, West Virginia between the local coal miners and Baldwin–Felts Detective Agency. UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts talks about the events that took place on May 19, 1920 and the impact it made on how […]

MANCHIN, DURBIN, KAINE, BROWN, CASEY, CAPITO, WARNER INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT MINERS FROM COVID-19 EXPOSURE

  Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act which would require the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) within 7 […]

Cecil Roberts: Postal Service a lifeline for rural West Virginia

Source: West Virginia Gazette May 9, 2020   In the midst of the gravest crisis our nation has confronted in decades, it is beyond disappointing to see national political leaders use the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to destroy the United States Postal Service. The refusal by the White House and others in Congress to […]

Mine workers’ union supports Salvation Army

Source: Estevan  May 07, 2020 Estevan Salvation Army director of ministry Ronza Reynard accepts a cheque for $3,000 from Ashley Johnson, the financial secretary for the United Mine Workers of America Local 7606. The union recently made the cheque presentation through a collection that they had for the food bank. Johnson said they chose to […]

UMWA supports CFMEU investigation of Queensland mine ignition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 7, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The reports of an ignition along the longwall face at the Grosvenor mine in Queensland, Australia are very troubling. The hearts and prayers of the entire UMWA family are with the […]

UMWA mourns passing of General Counsel Chuck Donnelly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 7, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:   “The entire UMWA family joins me in mourning the passing of our General Counsel, Chuck Donnelly, who left us peacefully yesterday evening in Charleston, West Virginia. We lift his […]

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