Joined by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) at a National Press Club Newsmaker on April 19, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts will outline the initiatives the union believes are needed to address the current economic devastation that exists in America’s coal-producing areas, and provide a pathway for a better future for coal miners, their families and communities as a result of any future energy transition.
“Much of the coal-producing areas of Appalachia and elsewhere are already in bad economic shape,” Roberts said. “Washington has taken little action to address it over the past decade. That must change. And as we confront a next wave of energy transition, we must take steps now to ensure that things do not get worse for coal miners, their families and communities, but in fact get better.”