FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2023
Navajo Nation, United Mine Workers of America announce Labor Management Agreement
[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Navajo Nation and the UMWA has been signed that will re-establish collective bargaining rights for Navajo Nation employees in UMWA Local Union 2005.
“I commend the Nygren administration for moving forward in a positive way for these employees,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. “This agreement is good not only for the hard-working men and women we represent but for the Nation itself. It will re-establish workers’ rights under a collective bargaining agreement, it establishes the pathway to negotiating a new agreement that recognizes the skills and dedication of these workers.”
The UMWA represents approximately 1,500 Navajo employees in the Executive Branch, Head Start Program and the Division of Public Safety.