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NAACP sends letter to Ways and Means leadership, calls for passage of miners’ retirement legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 29, 2019 [WASHINGTON, D.C.] The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) today sent a March 21, 2019 letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) asking them to consider and pass H.R. 934, the Health Benefits for Miners Act […]

A Million People Could Lose Their Pensions If Congress Doesn’t Act

Source: HuffPost A crisis years in the making is about to hit retired coal miners and truckers first. FAIRMONT, W.V. ― Joe Brown worked for more than 30 years as a roof bolter at the Federal #2 Mine in Marion County. Installing roof supports is one of the most hazardous jobs in coal mining, essential […]

UMWA reopen agreement on Murray Energy wages

Source: WV MetroNews May 20, 2019 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The United Mine Workers of America is reopening the collective bargaining agreement with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association in order to negotiate a wage increase with Murray Energy Corp. properties. The UMWA said Monday the agreement has been in effect since August 2016 and contains provisions allowing […]

UMWA seeks wage increase in reopening collective bargaining agreement with BCOA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 20, 2019   UMWA seeks wage increase in reopening collective bargaining agreement with BCOA   [TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that it had provided notice to the Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA) and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service that the union is reopening the […]

Who is Union Plus?

Source: Union Plus We Work Hard to Make Life a little Easier for You and Your Family Union Plus is a non-profit and we’re the ONLY consumer benefits organization created and endorsed by the AFL-CIO. Here at Union Plus, our mission is to improve the quality of life for union members and their families, provide […]

Sen. Manchin introduces the Prioritizing Our Workers Act

For Immediate Release:        May 15, 2019   MANCHIN INTRODUCES BILL TO CHANGE BANKRUPTCY CODE TO PROTECT WORKERS’ PENSIONS   Washington, D.C. – U.S Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Prioritizing Our Workers Act, legislation that would make changes to the current bankruptcy code, requiring companies going through bankruptcy proceedings to pay unpaid vested benefits, like […]

Sen. Manchin discusses the American Miners Act on the Senate floor

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke from the Senate floor urging Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell to bring the American Miners Act to a vote. There’s bipartisan support for this legislation that keeps the promise to our retired coal miners and secures our miners’ pensions.

May 8, 2019 Press Release from Senator Manchin’s Office

    For Immediate Release:        ICYMI: MANCHIN READS LETTERS FROM WV RETIRED MINERS ABOUT PENSIONS AND HEALTHCARE ON SENATE FLOOR Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) took to the Senate Floor today to read letters from two West Virginians, Richard and Gary. They both rely on their pensions to live in retirement and […]

American Justice and Bankruptcy

There is no other place on earth like the United States of America, where the rule of law is considered, by most citizens, to be the cornerstone of a civil society. The belief that every individual possesses equal standing in the eyes of justice to redress their grievances, seek an appropriate resolution when they are […]

Disaster at the No. 26 Colliery in Glace Bay

On February 24, 1979, fifteen Members of UMWA Local Union 4520 and a production foreman entered Cape Breton Development Corporation’s (DEVCO) Colliery No. 26 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada to begin their shift. The sixteen men, working the 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. – midnight shift – descended into the mine and made their […]

Senator urges protection of benefits

Source: Fayette Tribune The miners of West Virginia and their families are the heart and soul of the Mountain State. Generations of our patriotic coal miners have spent their lives underground in order to provide our country with energy. They have endured countless years of backbreaking work and they are proud of the role they […]

Alabama Miners Rally then March on Federal Courthouse

Miners and Families Rally at Historic Park On February 20, 2019, UMWA Members from across Alabama began arriving at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The Park was named for Osmond Kelly Ingram, a local firefighter, who was the first U.S. sailor to be killed in World War I. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional […]

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