Remembering Jay Kolenc – UMWA Local Union 1304

Jay Ira Kolenc, 92, of Hopedale, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2023, in Steubenville, Ohio. He was born June 28, 1931, in Wayne Township, Jefferson County, Ohio.

Jay was a retired coal miner having worked at Boich Mining until his retirement. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local Union 1304.

Jay was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. We are immensely thankful for your continuous support of the UMWA and its members and for your dedication to advocating for what is right and fair for all working families.

Stand Up, Fight Back – Labor Law Reform

“Friends and neighbors, brothers and sisters, anybody listening to this…. its time for organized labor and workers across this country to stand up and fight back and elect people to office that believe in the right to join a union…. its time to act!” – UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts


Photo credit: Joe Piette @jpiette660

2022 In Review

The United Mine Workers of America had a thriving and successful 2022, but it was also filled with a lot of struggle and hard work. We want to thank all of the members of supporters who got on the buses, attended the rallies, and walked the halls of Congress when called upon.

As John L. Lewis once said, we derive our strength from the membership of the United Mine Workers of America.

It is truly an honor to serve you, and we will continue to work to keep your trust and pursue the goals of the UMWA. May God Bless each and every one of you and may he bless the United Mine Workers of America.

59th Annual Virtual Robena Memorial Service

December 6, 2021, marks the 59th anniversary of the tragic disaster that claimed the lives of 37 miners. Unfortunately this year, the memorial service was held virtually due the to COVID-19 pandemic. However, the importance of this event will never be forgotten. #NeverForget

Kim Kelly: Coal Miners SHAME Greedy Private Equity Ghouls | Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar

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November 13, 2021


Krystal and Saagar are joined by labor reporter Kim Kelly for updates on the months-long strike by the coal miners at Warrior Met in Alabama.

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53rd Annual Farmington Memorial – Virtual Event

Unfortunately, to ensure the safety of our membership and their families, UMWA District 31 made the decision to hold this year’s 53rd Annual Farmington Memorial Service virtually.

It is the UMWA’s promise to always hold a memorial service to honor the 78 men who lost their lives in 1968 at the Farmington #9 mine.

We hope that next year we can hold this service in person.

Miners Against BlackRock

UMWA miners and hundreds of supporters marched to the BlackRock Headquarters on November 4, 2021, to show that our fight against Warrior Met doesn’t just exist in Alabama.

BlackRock is Warrior Mets biggest investor and no matter what any judge says, the UMWA will not stop protesting, will not stop rallying, will not stop picketing until justice is served.