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UMWA to rally in front of U.S. Capitol Building

June 28, 2016

Join us on Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. as we rally in front of the nation’s Capitol building. We must send a message to the government and pressure them to keep America’s promise to thousands of retirees, spouses, and dependents. Coal miners were promised lifetime retirement benefits by U.S. President Harry Truman in 1946. So far, they kept that promise with passage of the COAL Act. With the majority of the coal industry in bankruptcy, miners are on the edge of losing everything they have worked for.

Congress must act now! Come to D.C. and tell Congress to HOLD THE VOTE and PASS S. 1714 and HB. 2403!

Please contact your Regional or District office TODAY to sign up for a bus to D.C.! Also go to our Facebook event page for updates about the event. 

U.S. Senators Speak Out in Support of Miners’ Protection Act

June 22, 2016

On May 25, 2016, five U.S. Senators spoke during the Senate floor proceedings about the need to pass the Miners’ Protection Act, S. 1714, to save the health care and pensions for hundreds of thousands of UMWA retirees, widows and their families. Click here to watch a short video highlighting the speeches.

U.S. Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) also spoke on the Senate floor in support of the legislation on June 21, 2016. Click here to watch her full address.

Contact your Senator today and tell them to support S. 1714, the Miners’ Protection Act. It is a matter of life and death for tens of thousands in the coal fields and across the country.

Creating and Capturing Solidarity: L.U. 1717 Profile

May 24, 2016

The United Mine Workers of Journal profiled local union 1717 in the last issue. These UMWA members work at the National Energy Technology Laboratory run by the Department of Energy. Click here to read about these inspiring men and women.

President Roberts Testifies before the Senate

March 1, 2016

Click here to watch a video of International President Cecil Roberts testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance about the need to preserve miner's pensions and retirement health care benefits.

Presentation on Coal Industry, Jobs and Retirement Benefits

June 3, 2015

For active and retired UMWA members and their families who could not attend the UMWA's meeting on June 3, 2015 in Morgantown, WVa., below is a copy of President Roberts's power point presentation and speech.

Click here for a copy of President Roberts's prepared remarks.

Click here for a copy of the power point presentation.

Be sure to check back to and UMWA Facebook page for updated information.

Tell Congress: NO Fast Track! No TPP!

April 23, 2015

The Obama Administration is secretly negotiating a new foreign trade deal -- called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- with 13 other countries. The administration won't tell the American public what is in it, and they want "fast track" authority to slide it through Congress with no oversight, just a yes or no vote.

American workers have had lots of experience with foreign trade deals like the TPP -- all of it bad. Tens of millions of what used to be good-paying, union jobs in America are now in places like China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico and elsewhere. This deal will send even more of our jobs overseas.

Tell Congress to vote NO on Fast Track and NO on the TPP!

Call your member of the House of Representatives at: 855-712-8441

Call your U.S. Senators at: 855-790-8815

Fight West Virginia SB 337!

February 2, 2015

The new leadership in the West Virginia legislature has not wasted any time trying to turn back the clock on labor laws that have protected UMWA brothers and sisters for generations.

If you live in West Virginia, please contact your State Senator and tell him/her to oppose the so-called Right to Work bill, SB 337. Click here *linked* to get the phone number of the West Virginia State Senators.

Don’t know your State Senate district? Click here.

“West Virginia SB 337 should be called the ‘right to work for less’ bill,” said President Roberts. “That is what will happen to workers in West Virginia if it passes. It will weaken every union’s ability to represent members in the workplace. And it will mean that some workers will be able to avoid paying union dues while still getting the benefits of a union contract. It’s just another way for the bosses to divide workers.”

EPA Fight - What You Can Do To Make Your Voice Heard!

October 7, 2014

The rally and marches against the EPA in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Washington, D.C. are just the start of our efforts to oppose their proposed rule. We need our members on the ground in the coalfields taking action, writing letters and getting community support. Click here for more information about what you can do.

Patriot VEBA website is up!

January 13, 2014

The Patriot VEBA website is up and active. Retirees, families and medical providers can now go to to find out information about benefits and get contact information for answers to questions you many have.

Click here to go to the Patriot VEBA website.

Work Connects Us All

January 18, 2012

The AFL-CIO has launched a new website to help a new generation of workers understand how we are all connected by what we do and how we work. Check it out at And see the new TV ad here. See if you can spot the coal miner!

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