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UMWA’s Anthracite

The Great Anthracite Coal Strike The Great Anthracite Coal Strike, the first major strike the young UMWA had ever taken on, began on May 12, 1902. At that time almost all coal in the United States that was mined was anthracite coal, ideal for industrial use and heating homes all across the nation. After months […]

Cook Coal Terminal – Local Union 2463

Just off the banks of the Ohio River sits the massive American Electric Power (AEP) Cook Coal Terminal in Metropolis, Illinois. The terminal stretches across a sprawling 1,600 acres and is dubbed “America’s busiest inland terminal.” Operating seven power plants across the nation, AEP serves nearly 5.5 million customers across 11 states. In July, Secretary-Treasurer […]

MSHA’S New Silica Enforcement Initiative

On June 8, 2022, MSHA launched an enforcement initiative to conduct silica dust-related mine inspections and expand silica sampling in mines. The goal of the initiative is to limit miner’s exposures to respirable crystalline silica. The initiative has four components: inspections, sampling, compliance assistance and miners’ rights. Workers can inhale silica dust during mining and […]

WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

On Saturday, September 24, 2022, West Virginia University Hospital opened its new and long-awaited children’s wing, WVU Hospital Children’s. The facility holds 150 beds and provides care to seriously ill and injured children. Additionally, the private rooms will give parents opportunities to stay overnight with their admitted children. WVU Medicine Children’s includes a heart wing […]

NLRB Region Assessed Outrageous Damages Against the UMWA; Later Revised Its Decision

From the day hundreds of UMWA members walked off the job at Warrior Met Coal, Inc., there have been several unprecedented twists and turns in their struggle. The biggest one of all came on July 22, 2022, when Region 10 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an assessment of damages it said the […]

Lorin E. Kerr Scholarship Winners

The UMWA has announced the winners of the 2022-2023 Lorin E. Kerr Scholarship. Each of the winners will receive $2,500 this academic year to assist them in meeting their educational goals.   Abbey Ferguson Abbey Ferguson is the daughter of Local Union 2397 member Johnathan Pridemore in District 20. “As any member or child of […]

Sparkz Announces Location for Manufacturing Plant

Sparkz, the next-generation battery manufacturer re-engineering the battery supply chain, announced on August 31, 2022, it has signed an agreement to begin manufacturing its zero-cobalt battery in Taylor County, West Virginia, eventually employing 350 workers. The facility was originally a glass plant that ceased production in 2009. The site announcement accelerates plans to recruit, hire […]

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