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Source: United Way   United Way, one of the AFL-CIO’s national partners, supports 2-1-1, a free nationwide information and referral line…

APNewsBreak: Federal black lung fund in danger of drying up

Source: AP News COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson’s bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a…

UMWA mourns passing of Evelyn Roberts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 15, 2019 [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] The entire membership of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) is…

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AFL-CIO criticizes Green New Deal, calling it ‘not achievable or realistic’

Source: The Washington Post The AFL-CIO, the national arm for U.S. labor unions, offered a critical assessment of the Green New Deal, warning that the ambitious plan to combat climate change could adversely affect U.S. workers. In a letter last week to Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the lawmakers who […]

Black Lung Cases Skyrocket

According to a report published in the September 2018, edition of the American Journal of Public Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH or Agency), one in every ten coal miners who have worked for at least 25 years in the industry has been identified as suffering from Pneumoconiosis or Black Lung […]

Sen. Warner Meets with Coal Miners

Source: The Coalfield Progress In a meeting with United Mine Workers of America coal miners in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner stressed the need to pass the American Miners Act of 2019, legislation he sponsored that would permanently protect the healthcare and pension benefits for thousands of Virginia’s retired coal miners and […]

UMWA Works on Legislation to Benefit Westmoreland Retirees

Source: Kemmerer Gazette UMWA Local 1307 member Larry Hinton speaks about what’s at stake for retired Kemmerer coal miners. The bankrupt Westmoreland Coal Company may soon be free of all obligations to retired miners at the Kemmerer mine. But the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) has shifted gears in order to protect the pensions […]

United We Stand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 8, 2019 [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “A rogue group of members of the West Virginia House of Delegates has introduced resolutions to remove or censure Del. Mike Caputo for actions taken during a protest against a racist […]

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