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UMWA pushes for permanent fix to pension crisis

Source: MARION COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) – Roger Merriman never thought that at 66-years-old, he would have to fight to protect his future. “I put 28 and a half years in the mines with the understanding that I would have lifetime pension and health care,” Merriman said, referring to the Promise of 1946, which was struck by […]

Will Congress break pension promise to coal miners, millions of other Americans?

Source: Lexington Herald Leader A life of hard work should bring more than an old age in poverty. President Gerald Ford underwrote that promise in 1974 by signing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The law authorized the use of premiums, not tax dollars, to insure private-sector pensions through the federally chartered Pension Benefits Guaranty […]

Optimism returns to Grande Cache as coal mine plans to reopen

Source: CBC News There is renewed optimism in the small resource community of Grande Cache after a foreign company agreed to buy the steel making coal mine that has been shuttered for two years and helped drain the town’s population. Hundreds of jobs were wiped out in the community northwest of Edmonton after metallurgical coal […]

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