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The Passing of Jimmy Earl Thomas, Local Union 1928 President

The UMWA mourns Brother Jimmy Thomas, the President of UMWA Local Union 1928, who passed away from COVID-19 this morning. Jimmy marched, rallied and lobbied for 10 years to save UMWA retirees’ pensions and health care. If you have a pension and retiree health care today, Jimmy is a major reason why. We will be […]

Cecil Roberts: Bankruptcy vultures scavenge from coal communities (Opinion)

Source: WV Gazette-Mail July 28, 2020   It was startling to read a recent report that more than $274 million has been paid to lawyers and financial advisers in just 20 of the coal industry’s 56 bankruptcies since 2012. Two hundred, seventy-four million! While that is just a blip on the balance sheets of these […]

Union Plus: How It Works

Your Benefits—For Union Members by Union Members   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 […]

Fayette County Prison shuts down visitation after correctional officers, inmates test positive for COVID-19

Source: Pittsburgh Action News 4 July 24, 2020   Click here to view the broadcast.   UNIONTOWN, Pa. — No visitation or public admittance will be allowed at the Fayette County Prison for at least two weeks — a move prompted by recent positive COVID-19 tests among inmates and correctional officers, the district attorney said […]

UMWA applauds Senator Duckworth’s Marshall Plan for Coal Country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 23, 2020   [TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) offered strong support for the “Marshall Plan for Coal Country,” to be introduced today in the United States Senate by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). “This is the first legislation we have seen that takes aim at the tremendous economic […]

COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act introduced in House of Representatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 22, 2020 [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today: “I commend Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Representative David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and the 19 other members of the House who are sponsors and original co-sponsors of the COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act, […]

Tragedies at Clarksburg VA Hospital must never happen again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 14, 2020   [CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts, a Vietnam combat veteran and Chair of the AFL-CIO’s Veterans Committee, issued the following statement today: “The admission by a former nursing assistant that she murdered patients under her care at the Veterans Affairs Hospital […]

Local Business Helps To Restore Powhatan UMWA Monument

Source: The Intelligencer – Wheeling News Register July 13, 2020   POWHATAN POINT – A local business donated its services to help restore the Powhatan United Mine Workers of America memorial. The more than 10-foot granite stone monument in Powhatan Cemetery is dedicated in memory of 66 men who died in the 1944 Powhatan Mine […]

President Cecil E. Roberts asks Congress to extend the COVID-19 Unemployment Compensation Program

COVID-19 is still very much a threat to our health, jobs, industry and entire country. UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts is calling on Congress to pass a clean extension of the COVID-19 Unemployment Compensation Program before the summer recess at the end of July.

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