UMWA membership rejects proposed agreement with the BCOA


JUNE 28, 2016

[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today regarding the vote by the UMWA membership to not ratify a proposed collective bargaining agreement with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association:

“This is a democratic union. The membership has had their say and I respect their decision,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. “This is a very hard time for everyone in the coal industry, especially those who actually mine the coal. Thousands are laid off and those who remain at work confront ever-more difficult working conditions. Today’s vote reflects those difficulties and I understand that.”