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A Coal Miner Asks: Why Aren’t Kentucky Lawmakers Doing More For Us?

Source: Courier Journal My name is Carl Shoupe from Lynch in Harlan County. I married a Benham woman, so I now reside in this great little community that is struggling, much like my fellow miners in coal counties throughout Eastern Kentucky. I’d like to explain a little about the dreaded coal miner’s disease of black lung, […]

Union Pay Raises Irk Tomassetti – Some increases exceed 3 percent limit; minimum wage set at $10 per hour

Source: Altoona Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — A new contract for a group of unionized Blair County employees allocates some raises beyond the typical 3 percent in 2019 and sets the county’s minimum wage at $10 per hour. Blair County commissioners voted 2-to-1 Tuesday to approve the three-year contract with the United Mine Workers of America representing […]

Sen. Duckworth Meets with Retired IL Mine Workers

Source: KFVS12 ILLINOIS (KFVS) – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth met with retired Illinois mine workers on Tuesday, December 11. She met with mine workers from Coulterville, Du Quoin, Millstadt and Taylorville to discuss how to protect their pensions. “Our mine workers worked hard every day in difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions because they wanted to […]

Mission Coal agreement sets $145M floor for met coal bankruptcy auction

Source: Market Intelligence  Mission Coal Co. LLC is seeking approval to enter into a stalking horse purchase agreement featuring a $145 million credit bid for the metallurgical coal company’s assets. The company’s debtor-in-possession lenders agreed to provide a stalking horse bid in the form of credit and set a floor price for auctioning the company’s Maple […]

Those lost in Robena Mine disaster remembered

Source: Herald Standard MASONTOWN – Each coal miner killed in an accident or by black lung has a ripple effect that impacts countless others, UMWA International President Cecil Roberts told the crowd gathered on a chilly Thursday morning to remember the Robena Mine disaster 56 years ago. Roberts pointed to the estimated 250,000 miners who […]

Union Plus Scholarship

Source: Union Plus Tell your union friends and family: the new Union Plus Scholarship application is open! Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.3 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Start your application online ahead of the Jan 31, 2019 deadline.

Coal miners: Westmoreland bosses for naughty list, not bonuses

Source: WyoFile KEMMERER — Westmoreland Coal Company’s Nov. 26 bankruptcy motion that seeks to pay bonuses to mid-level “valued employees” is a “disgusting, despicable” act that ignores actual miners, a union official said last week. Westmoreland is asking a Texas bankruptcy judge to let it reward 243 of its 1,723 U.S. employees with a total of up to […]

Retired from Kemmerer coal mine, workers plead for pensions in company bankruptcy

Source: Casper Star Tribune Perry Norris, 65, worked at the Kemmerer coal mine for 40 years. For four decades he worked three shift rotations. He broke an elbow at the mine in southern Wyoming, broke his back and picked up a persistent cough from years of inhaling dust, he explained in a handwritten letter submitted […]

Westmoreland Coal Asks Bankruptcy Judge Permission to Pay Bonuses for Top Managers

Source: BILLINGS- Westmoreland Coal, the owner of three coal mines in Montana and one in Wyoming, is asking a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to pay bonuses to 243 of its top managers. In a filing this week, Englewood, Colo.-based Westmoreland said the bonuses would total $1.5 million per quarter as the bankruptcy proceeds and average $6,000 per […]

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