UMWA endorses Brown for Senate, five U.S. Representatives in Ohio primary


APRIL 13, 2018

[TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) National Council of the Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) announced its endorsement of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and five incumbent Members of Congress in the May 8 Ohio primary election.

“Sherrod Brown has been a leader in our efforts to preserve health care and pensions for retired miners and their widows,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. “He has been a strong supporter of our members and their families from the day he took office in Washington. He has repeatedly demonstrated that he is on our side, and we are proud to be on his side in this election.”

The UMWA’s national political arm also endorsed five U.S. House members in the primary who have supported the union’s years-long fight to preserve the benefits retired coal miners earned. They are:

Bill Johnson (R-6th District)
Marcy Kaptur (D-9th District)
Tim Ryan (D-13th District)
David Joyce (R-14th District)
Steve Stivers (R-15th District)


“These Members of Congress have continuously supported legislation that fulfills America’s promise to retired coal miners, their dependents and widows,” Roberts said. “We have been very clear throughout this fight that if you are with us, we are with you. This isn’t a partisan issue, and we don’t make endorsements on a partisan basis. This is about doing the right thing for the people who earned a secure retirement.”

The UMWA Ohio State Council of COMPAC previously endorsed Zack Space for Ohio State Auditor, and State House of Representatives candidates Dan Milleson in the 95th District and Jack Cera in the 96th District.