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New Murray Energy WARN Act notice a requirement of bankruptcy process, not likely to lead to layoffs

[TRIANGLE, VA.] The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice that will be issued by Murray Energy later today is a requirement of federal law and the bankruptcy process, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) said today. “At the end of the bankruptcy process, Murray Energy as we know it will cease to […]

UMWA says Murray WARN notice is routine

Source: The Herald Dispatch June 26, 2020   Murray Energy filed a new Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice Friday as part of the federal bankruptcy process, but officials with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) said it is not likely to lead to layoffs. “At the end of the bankruptcy process, […]

Navajo police officer dies of COVID-19, department says

Source: Fox10 HINLE, Ariz. – The Navajo Police Department says a 29-year-veteran of the department has died from the coronavirus. The department says Officer Michael Lee of the Chinle Police District died early Friday morning. “It is with great sorrow that the Navajo Police Department announces the passing of Officer Michael Lee. We are devastated and heartbroken.” Chief Phillip Francisco […]

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UMWA, Steelworkers unions seek federal court order for MSHA to issue COVID-19 protection standards

Source: The Dominion Post June 16, 2020 MORGANTOWN — The United Mine Workers of America and the United Steelworkers are jointly seeking a federal court order to require the Mine Safety and Health Administration to issue emergency temporary standards to protect underground miners from COVID-19. “We have been asking MSHA to step up and do […]

Labor unions sue Trump admin for COVID-19 protections

Source: E&E News June 16, 2020   Two prominent labor unions sued the Trump administration today to force mine safety officials to take steps to protect workers from contracting COVID-19. The disease caused by the new coronavirus poses “grave danger” to miners who work in close proximity, the petition says. It was filed by the United Mine […]

UMWA, USW sue MSHA to force action to protect miners from COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 16, 2020   [WASHINGTON, D.C.] The United Mine Workers of America International Union (UMWA) and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW) today jointly filed a petition for a writ of mandamus forcing the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) […]

UMWA raising $1 million for WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

Source: WVU Today June 11, 2020   A grassroots effort to honor United Mine Workers of America President Cecil E. Roberts aims to raise $1 million for the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital. Roberts is a native of West Virginia and sixth-generation coal miner. As UMWA’s president for nearly 25 years, he has championed the rights of […]

CCS facility at Boundary Dam was online for 99 per cent of May

Source: Pipeline News June 10, 2020 The carbon capture and storage facility at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station was online for 99 per cent of May, according to data released by SaskPower on Tuesday. The facility came offline for seven hours due to an inadvertent compressor outage. In the previous 12 months, the facility had […]

Protecting Correctional Officers during the Pandemic

Source: In Public Safety June 10, 2020   When we look back as a nation on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will undoubtedly acknowledge the tragedy and upheaval it caused. But hopefully we will also recognize the necessary changes that the illness prompted.   Spread of COVID-19 in Corrections The virus has taken […]

The Miners Who Fought for Workplace Safety Have a Thing or Two to Teach OSHA Right Now

Source: InTheseTimes June 2, 2020   In October 1993, Charles Patrick Hayes, or Pat, was working at a grain bin in Defuniak Springs, a small town in southern Alabama near Fairhope, where Pat was raised. Pat was knocking down corn from the walls of the silo when the crop caved off the sides and crushed […]

Nurse on front lines of COVID-19 fight on the Navajo Nation dies

Source: KOB 4 Eyewitness News   SHIPROCK, N.M.- One of the first healthcare workers to fight COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation died. Valerina Singer, also known as Val, was a longtime nurse on the Navajo Nation. As COVID-19 swept across the vast area, Singer was one of the first health care workers on the front […]

DNC council’s climate change plan overlooks energy workers and communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 4, 2020   [WASHINGTON, D.C.] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The recommendations issued today by the Democratic National Committee’s Environment and Climate Crisis Council are technologically, economically and politically unachievable. Worse, the Council puts the burden of meeting an impossible set […]

June 4, 2020 – Message from the President

UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts speaks about the current events our nation is facing.

We are all stronger together

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 2, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The senseless murder of George Floyd last week was the latest in a long, outrageous chain of injustices suffered by African-Americans and people of color in America. It is past […]

Gov. Justice Awards $1 Million for Reconnecting McDowell’s Renaissance Village Housing Construction Project

Source: American Federation of Teachers May 28, 2020 CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Gov. Jim Justice today awarded Reconnecting McDowell $1 million from the Abandoned Mine Land Grants program, to be used for financing the construction of the Renaissance Village apartment building in Welch, W.Va. Reconnecting McDowell is in the final stages of building Renaissance Village, which will provide […]

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