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The Passing of Jimmy Earl Thomas, Local Union 1928 President

The UMWA mourns Brother Jimmy Thomas, the President of UMWA Local Union 1928, who passed away from COVID-19 this morning. Jimmy marched, rallied and lobbied for 10 years to save UMWA retirees’ pensions and health care. If you have a pension and retiree health care today, Jimmy is a major reason why. We will be […]

Cecil Roberts: Bankruptcy vultures scavenge from coal communities (Opinion)

Source: WV Gazette-Mail July 28, 2020   It was startling to read a recent report that more than $274 million has been paid to lawyers and financial advisers in just 20 of the coal industry’s 56 bankruptcies since 2012. Two hundred, seventy-four million! While that is just a blip on the balance sheets of these […]

Fayette County Prison shuts down visitation after correctional officers, inmates test positive for COVID-19

Source: Pittsburgh Action News 4 July 24, 2020   Click here to view the broadcast.   UNIONTOWN, Pa. — No visitation or public admittance will be allowed at the Fayette County Prison for at least two weeks — a move prompted by recent positive COVID-19 tests among inmates and correctional officers, the district attorney said […]

Tragedies at Clarksburg VA Hospital must never happen again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 14, 2020   [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts, a Vietnam combat veteran and Chair of the AFL-CIO’s Veterans Committee, issued the following statement today: “The admission by a former nursing assistant that she murdered patients under her care at the Veterans Affairs Hospital […]

Local Business Helps To Restore Powhatan UMWA Monument

Source: The Intelligencer – Wheeling News Register July 13, 2020   POWHATAN POINT – A local business donated its services to help restore the Powhatan United Mine Workers of America memorial. The more than 10-foot granite stone monument in Powhatan Cemetery is dedicated in memory of 66 men who died in the 1944 Powhatan Mine […]

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