FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 17, 2022
UMWA convention delegates unanimously vote to continue full support of the Warrior Met strike, beef up financial resources
[MCALLA, ALA.] Delegates to the United Mine Workers of America’s (UMWA) Constitutional Convention last week unanimously passed a resolution that committed all necessary resources of the UMWA “for the Union to be victorious in its struggle against Warrior Met.” This action unleashes every available avenue the union has at its disposal to continue the struggle for justice and win a fair contract at Warrior Met Coal.
“This is a tremendous show of support and solidarity for the strikers at Warrior Met by every UMWA local union,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. “And it was followed by an equally unanimous statement of support for the strikers by the national AFL-CIO at its convention this week.
“The entire labor movement is engaged and taking financial and logistical action to win this strike,” Roberts said. “We have received $2.5 million in donations from other unions and individuals to the UMWA Strike Aid Fund which goes directly to our striking members. Other donations are coming. Make no mistake, we will continue to have the resources to win this struggle.”
Roberts announced that the union’s weekly Wednesday rallies for strikers and their families will resume after a 3-week hiatus because of the UMWA and AFL-CIO Conventions. “I plan to be at the next rally on June 22, and as always I’ll answer any questions people may have about the strike and what is going on with it.”
Roberts also announced that negotiations between the parties will resume next week. “It’s well past time for the company to get off the dime here and get this settled. We are ready to meet all day, every day until we do just that.”