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Grassley-Alexander multi-employer pension plan proposal not the answer for retired miners and widows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 29, 2019 [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today regarding the proposal by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) addressing the multi-employer pension plan crisis: “This proposal provides everything those who advocate against working families have ever wished […]

Union Plus #GivingTuesday

Source: Union Plus   #GivingTuesday — Kick Off the Season of Giving!   Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday…#GivingTuesday! Kick off the holiday season by taking a break from traditional holiday shopping to give the gift of kindness. #GivingTuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving — this year it’s December 3rd. It’s a day to take a pause from holiday […]

Wilberg Mine Disaster Remembered at 35th Year Memorial Services

Source: ETV News At the monument on the junction of Highway 29 and the haul road, National Miners’ Union Presidents and officials paid tribute to the 26 men and one woman who lost their lives in the worst coal mine fire disaster in Utah history on Dec. 19, 1984. Mike Dalpiaz, International Vice President of […]

Help for coal miners: Flame the ember of hope for miners’ pension rescue

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 25, 2019   Right is right. A promise is a promise. For generations, coal has powered our lives. It has heated our homes, fueled the conduction of electricity that lit our lamps, ignited the Industrial Revolution. And it was coaxed from the earth by miners who risked their lives and sacrificed […]

Senators Manchin, Capito and Brown speak on behalf of the Bipartisan American Miners Act 2019

Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Shelley Moore Captio (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke on the Senate floor on November 21, 2019 about the importance of passing the Bipartisan American Miners Act that was introduced November 6, 2019. Congress needs to ACT NOW to secure the pensions these miners worked for, earned and deserve.

35th Wilberg Disaster Memorial

This year marks the 35th year since the tragic Wilberg Mine Disaster. A remembrance tribute was held on October 22, 2019 at the monument site where International Secretary Treasurer Levi Allen, International Vice President Mike R. Dalpiaz  and Labor Commissioner for the State of Utah, Jaycen Maughn spoke to those in attendance. There was also […]

Brooke County Commissioners back preservation of UMWA pensions

Source: WTOV9     BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. — Commissioners in Brooke County are showing their support for the protection and preservation of pension and healthcare for UMWA plan beneficiaries. At Tuesday morning’s commissioners meeting, a resolution was passed to show support and say that they want the federal government to act to protect the pensions of […]

51st anniversary of Farmington Mine Disaster ceremony brings together community

Source: 12 WBOY Farmington, W.Va. – On Sunday friends, family, union workers, and others gathered for the 51st commemoration of the Farmington Mine Disaster that killed 78 miners. Around 5:30 a.m on November 20, 1968, there was an explosion and fire in the Consolidation Coal Company’s No.9 mine. Of the 78 miners who died that […]

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UMWA Murray Bankruptcy Meeting in Morgantown, West Virginia

On November 6, 2019 UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts held a meeting for active members and retirees from Murray Energy in Morgantown, West Virginia to discuss the most recent bankruptcy filing.   The UMWA held two additional meetings about this topic on November 13, 2019 at the Waterfront Marriot in Morgantown, West Virginia and […]

Bill addresses pensions, health care for miners, retirees

Source: WHSV November 6, 2019 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia’s two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners. Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito […]

UMWA commends new legislation in Senate to support retired miners and widows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 6, 2019   [WASHINGTON, D.C.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:   “I am greatly appreciative of the legislation filed today in the United States Senate, the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019, sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore […]

‘Nervous and scared.’ Coal workers fear for pensions after Murray Energy bankruptcy

Source: CNN  November 1, 2019    New York (CNN Business) – Tom Kacsmar worked underground at a coal mine for nearly four decades. The promise of a decent pension and healthcare for life kept him at this dangerous job. Now, Kacsmar fears those benefits will get washed away by the bankruptcy of Murray Energy, America’s largest […]

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