Actively Retired – Phil Camden

Image of Local Union 2236 President Phil Camden.

Phil Camden, the current President of Local Union 2236, boasts a remarkable three-decade tenure as a dedicated member of the UMWA. Initially employed at Dunn Coal and Dock for 13 years, he transitioned to the role of District 17 Field Representative in 2001. Subsequently, he assumed the position of District 17 Representative, a role he fulfilled with unwavering commitment until his retirement in December 2016.

“Phil is the kind of member that is always around and actively looking for ways to help the union and its members,” said International District 17 Vice President Brian Lacy.

“He has assisted in organizing drives, served as a bus captain for rallies year after year, and supported the fight for pensions and healthcare from start to finish.” 

Beyond his official roles, Brother Camden remains deeply engaged in union activities. He plays a crucial role as a member of the Pensioner Leadership Committee, regularly participates in Ohio and West Virginia COMPAC meetings, and endeavors to attend as many local union meetings in District 17 as possible.

“Phil has done almost any job or task you could imagine,” said President Roberts.

“He has worked in the mines, worked in the field for District 17, worked for the International Office, and remains active in his retirement. I see him everywhere I go in District 17. He is President of the oldest local in the District, which is also my local union, which was charted in 1903. That should tell you how experienced he is.” 

“The UMWA treats me so well,” said Phil Camden.

“President Roberts, Secretary-Treasurer Sanson, and the entire membership are people I can truly call my friends. Anything I have ever needed, they have helped me with, so rightfully so, I do the same for them to the best of my ability.”