Miner’s Health Matters

UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts, Acting Secretary of the Department of Labor Julie Su, MSHA Assistant Secretary Chris Williamson discuss the need to better protect miners from debilitating and deadly illnesses and announce new actions the Department of Labor is taking to ensure all miners are protected on the job.

2024 Vietnam War Veterans Day

On March 30th, we will commemorate the Vietnam Veterans from West Virginia in Nitro, West Virginia. The event will take place at the park situated behind the Nitro World War I Museum and Nitro City Hall. Street parking is available on 21st Street, as well as at the museum.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day, observed on March 29th each year, serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who served in the Vietnam War. It’s a day to honor and recognize the courage, bravery, and resilience of the men and women who fought in one of the most challenging conflicts in modern history.

On this day, we pay tribute to their service and express our gratitude for their unwavering commitment to defending freedom and democracy. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from the Vietnam War and to reaffirm our commitment to supporting veterans and their families, ensuring they receive the recognition, care, and support they deserve.

The Willow Grove Mine Disaster

The Willow Grove Mine Disaster, a tragic event etched in the annals of mining history, unfolded on a fateful day that shook the tight-knit community to its core. The mine, once a source of livelihood, became a site of profound sorrow as an unforeseen catastrophe claimed the lives of miners who toiled beneath the earth’s surface. As we reflect upon this somber chapter, our hearts are heavy with empathy for the families and friends whose lives were forever altered by the loss of their loved ones. This dedication stands as a testament to the resilience of those affected, a solemn recognition of the pain endured, and a promise to remember and honor the courage and sacrifice of the miners who, in the pursuit of providing for their families, faced the ultimate tragedy. May the memories of the Willow Grove miners be a source of strength and inspiration, and may their legacy endure as a reminder of the profound human cost embedded in the pursuit of prosperity.

Justice for the Workers at Warrior Met Coal

“We’re calling upon the National Labor Relations Board to put some significance to the decision that’s already been rendered. We have already been proven right and Warrior Met has been proven wrong….You would think that the National Labor Relations Board, which is established to protect workers’ rights, would say you can’t have this in our society.”


UMWA Press Releases:

NLRB Rules in Favor of UMWA, Blocking Decertification Vote at Warrior Met Coal

NLRB judge finds Warrior Met Coal guilty of unfair labor practices, orders company to bargain in good faith

NLRB revises damages calculations in Warrior Met strike

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