FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 15, 2023
Warren McGraw, The UMWA Mourns The Passing of a True Champion for Working People
[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of a true champion for working people. Warren McGraw was the definition of a working-class hero. From 1969 when he stood on the floor of the West Virginia legislature and made his fiery speech for Black Lung Benefits to his advocacy for Health and Safety Legislation, he was always on worker’s side.
“As the son of a disabled coal miner, McGraw knew the struggles that faced coal mining families in West Virginia, and he dedicated his life to fighting for miner’s and their families. We have lost a warrior. We have lost a friend. The entire UMWA Family grieve for the McGraw’s loved ones and have them in our prayers.”