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The UMWA Marks  National Vietnam War Veterans Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 29, 2018 The UMWA Marks  National Vietnam War Veterans Day [TRIANGLE, VA] UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts will join the West Virginia Council of Vietnam Veterans and their President, Dave Simmons at the West Virginia Vietnam Veterans Remembrance event in Charleston on Friday, March 30, 2018. The event will be […]

UMWA COMPAC Announces Endorsements for West Virginia Primary Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  MARCH 28, 2018 UMWA COMPAC Announces Endorsements for West Virginia Primary Election [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) West Virginia State Council of the Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) today announced its endorsements for state legislative races in the West Virginia primary election on May 8. “This is a […]

UMW endorses Manchin, McKinley, Ojeda campaigns

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail The United Mine Workers of America issued a batch of campaign endorsements Friday, backing candidates on both sides of the aisle for federal office. Re-election campaigns for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., will have the UMW’s support, as will state Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, in his run for […]

Mason County EMS workers want to unionize, officials say

Source: Fox 11 MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Emergency services workers told the Mason County Commission Thursday most of the county’s ambulance crew wants to unionize. A majority prefer the United Mine Workers of America. United Mine Workers of America officials say it has mined enough support to unionize ambulance workers in Mason County. The commission […]

President Roberts speaks at the Conor Lamb Rally on March 13, 2018

President Cecil E. Roberts gives a passionate speech at the Conor Lamb Rally held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg, PA on March 11, 2018 asking the public to vote for Conor Lamb to be the Congressman from the Pennsylvania 18th District.

Coal Country Rebelled Against Trump’s Candidate Last Night. Here’s Why.

Source: A few days before Democratic candidate Conor Lamb eked out a narrow lead over Republican opponent Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s special election for the House, President Trump was on the campaign trail repeating a familiar tune to crowds of his supporters. “By the way folks, some of you who are in the coal world,” Trump […]

How a Democrat Succeeds in Trump Country

Source: The New York Times When the Democratic candidate Conor Lamb began his race in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, he faced headwinds of the type that caused horizontal snow in the nor’easter last week. For starters, Donald Trump had won the district by 20 points in 2016. The district has been […]

Joint Select Committee Meeting – March 13, 2018

UMWA Members from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia attended the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on the solvency of multi-employer pension plans. President Roberts reports on the make-up of the committee and what it needs to accomplish.

Special Election Results in Trump County Give Democrats Hope

Source: Until very recently, Bob Rogers, a retired coal miner in his seventies, thought his party was dead. Rogers, who flew Chinook helicopters in Vietnam before spending 43 years in the mines of western Pennsylvania, is a lifelong Democrat, but for a while now has worried that people like him had been forgotten by […]

The Real Winner in PA-18 is Solving the Pension Crisis

For Immediate Release March 14, 2018 Blue Collar Swing Voters Are the New (Old) Soccer Moms, Workers and Retirees Anxious about Pension Crisis Looking for Congressional Action Uniontown, Pennsylvania – As political observers across the nation try to parse the results of last night’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District for clues to upcoming […]

Unions Show Their Force In Pennsylvania District Won By Trump

Source: The Huffington Post WAYNESBURG, Pa. ― Over 200 coal miners, family members and local activists crowded into a hall at the Greene County fairgrounds Sunday afternoon in Pennsylvania’s rural southwest corner. The attendees, many of them retirees in their 60s and 70s clad in the United Mine Workers of America’s signature camouflage-patterned regalia, were […]

Our Promise to Miners Must be Kept

Source: The Register Herald Among the many issues in the news, the one that is missing serious attention is passage of the American Miners Pension Act. This act pertains to securing promised benefits to nearly 87,000 coal miner retirees, widows and future retirees in the negotiated United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension Plan. Passage […]

UMWA president delivers fiery endorsement for Lamb in 18th District race

Source: Observer-Reporter WAYNESBURG – The president of the United Mine Workers of America delivered a fiery endorsement Sunday in Greene County of Conor Lamb in the race for the Pennsylvania U.S. House’s 18th District, saying the Democrat will work to protect Social Security, Medicare and coal miner pensions. Cecil Roberts, speaking like a fire and […]

Solidarity brings victory in West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 6, 2018 [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “I congratulate the teachers, school support personnel and other state employees who emerged victorious in their struggle for dignity and respect from West Virginia’s state government today. Their solidarity and unity of […]

Cecil Roberts: I support WV teachers because I support WV kids

Source: Charleston Gazette Mail The bold actions by West Virginia’s teachers, school support personnel and other state employees to stand up for our state and our schoolchildren over these last two weeks are an inspiration. To see these normally reserved, compassionate professionals take a proud position to improve their pay, for better security of their […]

Rescue Imperiled Pension Programs

Source: Wheeling Intelligencer Imagine everyone who lives in Wheeling suddenly being told their incomes are being cut off. Imagine them being old enough that they had few prospects of replacing that loss. Now you have some idea of the disaster facing families throughout our state and in other coal mining regions. Slightly more than 27,000 […]

Country’s Most Notorious Coal Baron Running for U.S. Senate

In the wake of the deaths of 54 coal miners, 29 at the Upper Big Branch mine alone, while running Massey Energy, being convicted by a jury of his peers of conspiring to violate federal safety standards and serving a year in a California correctional facility, Don Blankenship is opting for a new career. Blankenship, […]

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