The passing of Chris (Bubba) Leach


August 3, 2020


[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:


The entire Leach family was an inspiration to me and the thousands of UMWA members who marched and rallied across America to preserve health care and pensions for retired coal miners and their families. They were even arrested at the foot of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. as a demonstration of their commitment to this cause.


Chris Leach was a strong and passionate advocate for his health care, and because of his efforts, and his voice, he was able to live his entire life with the protection of UMWA health care. We all owe Chris a debt of thanks and gratitude for his determination to win the battle for everyone’s health care and pensions.


Chris was my friend, and I will miss him terribly. But I know that he walks with the angels today, and that makes my heart glad.