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Labor Is Demanding an End to Wall Street Stock Buybacks

Source: Jacobin November 20, 2022   Stock buybacks are a major way the rich can hoard their wealth instead of investing in workers — which is why a coalition of unions is demanding an end to such buybacks. As gas prices at the pump continued to make national news and undercut voters’ confidence in the economy, Shell […]

UMWA Urges Action to Pass Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2022 UMWA Urges Action to Pass Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act   [TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issues the following statement today. I want to thank the House Education and Labor Committee, specifically Chairman Scott, for advancing the Black Lung Benefits Improvement […]

Union Plus: Scholarships for Union Families

  Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $5 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Applications are due by January 31, 2023! Apply Now!   Disclaimer: Learn about eligibility, applying, and requirements on the Union Plus website (

Racine Hydro Plant – Local Union 1886

On the Ohio River in southeast Ohio lies the Racine Hydro Plant, manned and operated by members of UMWA Local Union 1886. The Racine Hydro Plant is a 48-megawatt run-of-river hydroelectric facility that was completed and opened in 1983. The plant has two hydroelectric turbines that produce an average generation of 200,500 megawatts per hour […]

Indiana County Recycling Center – Local Union 1412

In 1988, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed Act 101, the Municipal Waste, Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act, requiring all counties to conduct comprehensive waste planning to evaluate waste generation rates, available disposal capacity, recycling opportunities, and more. The Solid Waste Authority operates the Indiana County Recycling Center in Homer City, Pennsylvania, where all recyclable […]

Remembering a True American Hero

Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, a Marine Corps veteran and the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, passed away on June 29th at the age of 98. “Woody was a true hero for many Americans and not just because he was a Medal of Honor winner,” said President Roberts. “Woody was a […]

Union Plus: Get Paid to Shop This Holiday

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Veterans – Local Union 1307

Local Union 1307, based in Diamondville, Wyoming, is the oldest actively coal-producing local in our union and is still producing coal today. The local has been producing coal for over 110 years. Members of Local Union 1307 meet at the Search and Rescue building on the third Friday of each month to hold their local […]

Biden comments about shutting down all coal-fired power “disheartening,” UMWA says

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 5, 2022 Biden comments about shutting down all coal-fired power “disheartening,” UMWA says   [WASHINGTON, D.C.] Reacting to comments President Biden made last night that, “we’re going to be shutting (coal) plants down all across America,” United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement […]

A Letter in Honor of Veterans Day

Written by Local Union 1124 Member David Maragni Edited for use in the UMW Journal   In the late 1960s at Central Junior High School in West Frankfort, my homeroom teacher was Mrs. Juanita Kinney. One morning we were told that Mrs. Kinney would not be there for a while; her son had been killed […]

Ten-Year Anniversary of the Washing of The Wall

July 23, 2022, marked the tenth anniversary of UMWA veterans and West Virginia Vietnam Veterans of America’s participation in the annual washing of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (The Wall). “We haven’t been able to participate in this annual tradition for the past two years because of the pandemic,” said President Roberts. “The majority of […]

Notice: Medicare Parts A and B Enrollment

  Enrollment for Medicare Parts A and B is mandatory for retirees, surviving spouses, and dependents receiving a health service card. If you or your spouse are eligible to enroll in both Medicare Parts A and B by virtue of age or disability, then you are required to enroll. Failure to enroll will result in […]

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