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It’s time to correct this insult to miners

Written by: Dr. John P. David A half century ago, Congress was in the midst of a major debate about Coal Mine Health and Safety. A key component was the high incidence rate of black lung. Passage of the act was heralded as a major victory to curb the presence of this incurable and potentially […]

Be An International Representative!

The UMWA is accepting applications for International Representatives.   Positions that may become available are determined by the International Office as opportunities present themselves. All positions may require relocation to other Regions or Districts within the United States and Canada and could potentially require relocation to the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Any positions that become […]

Strong year for CCS at Boundary Dam power plant

Source: World Coal SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at Boundary Dam power plant exceeded its daily capture rate targets for 2018, while also achieving the second lowest operating cost per tonne of CO2 captured since 2014. “The strong performance of the CCS facility in 2018 is encouraging and demonstrates that clean coal can […]

United Mine Workers rally for benefit security after Mission Coal files for bankruptcy

Source: CBS 42 BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  (WIAT) — Miners with the United Mine Workers were out rallying this morning at Kelly Ingram Park in response to Mission Coal’s recent bankruptcy filings. Two years ago, Mission Coal bought the mine but now that the company is going bankrupt. Miners say the are in danger of losing important […]

Manchin, Capito push for passing of American Miners Act of 2019

Source: West Virginia Metro News The American Miners Act of 2019 was once again up for discussion this week in the U.S. Senate. The bill, Senate Bill 27 sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin D-W.Va., would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to transfer certain funds to the 1974 United Mine Workers […]

UMWA files emergency motion: Westmoreland prematurely announced modifications to benefits

President Roberts said, regarding the article below: “Bankruptcy Courts have allowed the coal industry to forgo $4 billion in withdrawal liability from the 1974 Plan in the past four years. Now, Westmoreland presumes that they do not have to wait for a Court decision to unilaterally cancel its obligations to its long-term employees. This is […]

CBS live-streaming news network to unionize

Source: The Hill CBSN, the digital arm of CBS News, has become the first major live-streaming news network to unionize, according to an announcement by the Writers Guild of America, East. “The WGAE recognizes that the news business has become increasingly platform-agnostic,” WGAW Executive Director Lowell Peterson said in an announcement Wednesday. “People watch and read news on […]

Securing Retired Miners’ Pensions

Source: The Intelligencer – Wheeling News Register Tens of thousands of retired coal miners and their families face financial roof collapses if Congress does not act to prevent them. When the United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension Plan was established, no one foresaw a time when it could become insolvent. But — in part […]

Notice: Medicare Parts A and B Enrollment

Enrollment for Medicare Parts A and B is mandatory for retirees, surviving spouses and dependents receiving a health service card. If you or your spouse are eligible to enroll in both Medicare Parts A and B by virtue of age or disability, then you are required to enroll. Failure to enroll will result in a […]

Lawmakers Make New Push for Retired Miners

Source: E&E News Lawmakers have renewed their bid to fix the United Mine Workers of America pension problem while also extending health care help to even more union miners as coal companies continue to go bankrupt. Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) returned with the latest version of the “Miners Pension Protection Act” last week after a […]

Ten Things To Know Before Purchasing A Home

Source: Union Plus Are you planning to buy a home this year? The more information gathering you do before making your decision, the greater your satisfaction is likely to be before, during and after your move. To get you started, here are ten things to know before buying a home. When you are ready to buy […]

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