FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 29, 2021
Sanson appointed UMWA International Secretary-Treasurer
[TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that Brian Sanson has been appointed by President Cecil E. Roberts as the union’s International Secretary-Treasurer, filling the unexpired term of Levi Allen, who resigned earlier this month.
Sanson, 47, has been a member of UMWA Local Union 1582 for 25 years. He has served as the UMWA’s Director of Research since 2008, and has been a key negotiator for dozens of contracts over the last decade covering the union’s members working in the coal and other industries. Sanson also serves as a Trustee for the UMWA Patriot VEBA, a fund established in the wake of the Patriot Coal bankruptcy in 2012, that has provided health care to thousands of UMWA retirees and dependents.
“Brian is smart, he is creative, and he is an extremely talented negotiator,” Roberts said. “There is no one who knows more about the economics and structure of the coal industry, and the other industries where our members work.
“Most of all, he is dedicated to our members and their families,” Roberts said. “He will be a great partner for me, the International Executive Board and the entire union as we embark on the very difficult path we have before us to preserve our members’ jobs and uplift their families and communities.”