UMWA mourns passing of Jim Bowen

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

“Our friend and Brother Jim Bowen passed away peacefully early this morning, and we are heartbroken. His was a tremendous voice on behalf of working people throughout West Virginia, our nation and the world. Our hearts are with his family in this difficult time,

“From his time as a leader in the United Steelworkers, facing down hostile employers in the steel and aluminum industries; to his tenure as President of the West Virginia AFL-CIO; to his work in the West Virginia legislature on behalf of working people; and to his strong support of UMWA retirees and widows as we fought for their health care and pensions, Jim Bowen never backed away from a fight. He gave voice to the idea that workers in struggle can always hold out ‘One Day Longer’ than their opponents.

“Jim was my friend, and a friend to many in West Virginia and across the country. He was an honorary member of the UMWA, and we were proud to call him Brother. Although this is a difficult moment, we hold dear the memories of his friendship and solidarity which will guide us through our grief.”

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