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UMWA's President Roberts to speak in Grundy on 30th anniversary of Pittston strike

Source: Dickson Star April 10, 2019 “Solidarity: The 30th Anniversary of the Pittston Coal Strike” will be the topic of…

The Passing of Brother Maynard Daniel

It is with great sadness to relay to you the passing of former District 17 Secretary-Treasurer Maynard Daniel.  His wife…

Workers Describe Fear of Losing Pensions as Lawmakers Tackle Multi-Employer Plan Problems

Source: Workday Minnesota  April 10, 2019 ILLINOIS For 33 years on Chicago’s South Side, Blue Island resident James Morgan helped…

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Will Congress Fix Pension Crisis Before Coal Miners’ Pensions Disappear?

Source: Value Walk March 5, 2019 Worried About “The Cost of Inaction,“ Retired Coal Miners with Pensions at Risk Head to Capitol Hill as Education and Labor Committee Holds Hearing on Growing Pension Crisis. WASHINGTON – On Thurs., March 7, a Congressional hearing on “The Cost of Inaction: Why Congress Must Address the Multiemployer Pension Crisis,” […]

Labor Unions are Skeptical of the Green New Deal, and They Want Activist to Hear Them Out

Source: The Intercept March 4, 2019 DECIDING WHETHER TO sign onto the Green New Deal resolution is not an easy call for many members of Congress. They have to contend with the usual opponents: coal, utilities, oil companies, and other big-pocketed interests who like today’s economic order just fine. But even on the left, coalition-building can be […]

Westmoreland Coal Can End Benefits For Retired Miners, Judge Rules

Source: NPR March 1, 2019 A judge has confirmed that yet another bankrupt coal company can end health benefits for hundreds of retired miners and their families. Congress is again weighing whether to help them.  

How Bankruptcy Code Factors Into Lost Benefits For Westmoreland Retirees

Source: Wyoming Public Media March 1, 2019 Two years ago, Jim Bills retired from the Kemmerer mine in Southwestern Wyoming. “After spending seven years in the Air Force, I spent 36 years with Westmoreland coal,” he said. Bills worked as a laborer, truck driver, and driller. His son works there now, too. Bills recalls watching […]

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 […]

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