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UMWA mourns BCTGM President David Durkee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 31, 2020 [TRIANGLE, VA.] ​United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today, mourning the passing of BCTGM International Union President David B. Durkee: “David Durkee was one of my heroes in the labor movement. He fought like a lion on behalf of his members, […]

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UMWA Wants More Coronavirus Protections for Coal Miners

Source: Ohio Valley Resource March 27, 2020   The United Mine Workers of America is asking federal regulators to set uniform, enforceable guidelines to help protect coal miners from contracting COVID-19. In a letter dated Tuesday, March 24, UMWA President Cecil Roberts wrote to the Mine Safety and Health Administration requesting the agency issue a “safeguard” or […]

UMWA recognizes Vietnam War Veterans Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 27, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] March 29 was established in 2017 by Congress as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a day to remember and honor the more than 2.7 million service men and women who served in Vietnam during that conflict, and especially the 58,148 who were killed.   United Mine […]

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March 29, 2020 – National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 29th was recognized as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts encourages everyone to take time to honor the women and men who served their country in the Vietnam War. “As a Vietnam Veteran myself, I know first-hand the pride and honor of serving my Country in that war and […]

UMWA endorses Capito, McKinley for reelection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 26, 2020   [CHARLESTON, W.V.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) National Council of COMPAC, the union’s political action committee, today announced that it has endorsed Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) for reelection to the United States Senate and Representative David McKinley (R) for re-election in the West Virginia First […]

UMWA requests immediate emergency standard from MSHA to protect miners from COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 26, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts yesterday sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo, calling for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to issue a “safeguard,” or emergency standard, which would increase […]

Willow Grove Mine Explosion, New Stone and Statue

March 25, 2020   March 16, 2020, was the 80th Anniversary of the Willow Grove Mine Explosion. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the dedication ceremony for the statue was cancelled. However, the placing of the memorial stone and statue was still conducted at the memorial site on Saturday, March 21, 2020.   […]

Congress Must Put Workers First, Not Corporate Executives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 22, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “The United Mine Workers of America was founded on a simple principle: ‘An injury to one is an injury to all.’ Today, the UMWA stands with our sisters and brothers in […]

Letter from UMWA President Roberts to President Trump Regarding Importance of Getting a Fix for Multiemployer Pension System

March 22, 2020   President Roberts sent a letter to President Trump regarding the importance of getting a fix done for the multiemployer pension system as part of the stimulus bill. We believe this is the perfect time to preserve the pensions of millions of hard working Americans.   “As the administration and Congress work to […]

Pneumoconiosis: The Coalfield Crisis that Never Ends

Black Lung Cases Surge Across The Country Since coal began being produced on an industrial scale in the United States, miners and their families have suffered greatly at the hands of mine operators. The working conditions and company towns were oppressive and dangerous. From the early years of mining through the 1950’s , thousand of […]

Second COVID Case Confirmed on Navajo

Source: Navajo Times March 17, 2020   A second COVID-19 case has been confirmed on the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez confirmed during a live KTNN public forum Tuesday evening. Only a few hours before the second case was confirmed, a 46-year-old man was confirmed as the first case for Navajo Nation. It was confirmed […]

Member of the Navajo Nation Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Source: Phoenix News Times March 17, 2020   A member of the Navajo Nation has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Navajo Department of Health. On Tuesday, a 46-year-old individual from Chilchinbeto, Arizona, a community on the Navajo Nation known as Tsii’chin Bii’ Tó in Navajo language, was confirmed to have COVID-19. […]

Black-Lung Coal Miners Facing Serious Threat from Virus Spread

Source: Bloomberg March 12, 2020   We’re tracking the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the global response.    The biggest labor union for U.S. coal miners is warning that members are at “significant risk” from the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Mines are enclosed spaces where the highly contagious virus can easily spread, said Phil Smith, […]

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