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Legislation is pending in the U.S. Senate that will meet the twin goals of preserving coal mining jobs and addressing climate change. Sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), it is the only legislative initiative before the Senate that sets reasonable, achievable goals for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions while allowing time for technological advances to be developed that will make it possible to capture and store carbon. That will mean the United States can continue to use its most abundant energy resource--coal--to generate electricity far into the future without adding additional greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

The UMWA urges all members and supporters to contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Bingaman-Specter legislation. Click here to get the e-mail address of your Senators.

Ludlow Centennial Events

Date: 
May 17, 2014

 

Click here to go to the Facebook page with up-to-date information about Ludlow Centennial events in Colorado.

Patriot VEBA website is up!

Date: 
January 13, 2014

The Patriot VEBA website is up and active. Retirees, families and medical providers can now go to www.patriotveba.org 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

Date: 
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 www.workconnectsusall.org. And see the new TV ad here. See if you can spot the coal miner!

National Labor College’s Investor Education Project

Date: 
December 13, 2011

The National Labor College, located in Silver Spring, MD, has launched new webpages containing information to teach knowledge and skills you can use to build financial success.  Click here to learn about mutual funds, stocks, and how to balance them.  Click here to find out how to invest for your family's important moments and watch "how-to" videos about investing.  Click here to download the National Labor College's manual, Introduction to Successful Investing.

CAN'T SCARE ME, the Story of Mother Jones

Date: 
October 14, 2011

"CAN'T SCARE ME, The Story of Mother Jones,” tells the moving story of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and her activism to help organize a broad spectrum of American workers in the early 20th century. Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, who transforms into the legendary labor activist, the drama illustrates Mother Jones’ fight for children and workers’ rights across the United States. The performance incorporates the loss of Jone...s’ husband and children from yellow fever; the great Chicago fire, out of which she emerged with her own fire to help organize the unorganized; the famous Children’s March to protest child labor; and the coal mine wars of southern Colorado and West Virginia.

Do not miss this must-see performance, showing for only two weeks (October 14-30), at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C. Tickets can be purchased at www.atlasarts.org or by calling (202) 399-7993. Use the "Union" coupon code for $5 off your ticket.

Click on these for more information:
http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/10/09/world-premiere-of-new-mother-jones-play-opens-oct-12/
http://atlasarts.org/events/2011/07/cant-scare-me-the-story-of-mother-jones/
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=279369168743036

UMWA DISTRICT 20 MINERS' AID FUND

Date: 
May 9, 2011

The UMWA District 20 office has set up a special fund for contributions to help UMWA members and their families who lost their homes and all their possessions in the terrible tornadoes that flattened the Alabama coalfields.  All donations should be earmarked "UMWA District 20 Miners Aid Fund" and sent to:

UMWA DISTRICT 20 MINERS' AID FUND

c/o UMWA DISTRICT 20

275 Forest Road, Suite 100

Hueytown, AL 35023-1615

If you are a District 20 member in need, call the District office at 205-744-9853 and let them know what your specific needs are.

A UMWA Treasure

Date: 
October 6, 2010

Click here to view an inspiring oral history of 91-year old UMWA member Earl Brown, former Secretary-Treasurer of District 20.  Mr. Brown describes what life was like for coal miners and African-Americans in the last seventy years.  As the first African-American union officer in Alabama, his story is one of strength, determination and overcoming much to represent the members of our union. 

Pittsburgh runs on union coal!

Date: 
September 9, 2010

The UMWA's large contingent at the annual Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh was joined by marchers from America's Power on Sept. 6 and talked about Clean Coal technology.

Click here to check out the video.

Standing up for mine safety in Richmond

Date: 
May 19, 2010

On May 17 and 18, over 1,000 UMWA members, family members and supporters converged on Richmond, Va., the home of Massey Energy and site of the company's annual shareholder meeting. The issue: the tragic and continuing record of fatalities at Massey operations.

First up, a candlelight vigil remembering the 52 people killed on Massey property since 2000, including the 29 killed at the Upper Big Branch mine on April 5, 2010. As the names of the dead were read by Pres. Roberts, a miner turned out a cap light on their hard hat.

Photos below:

 

Candles at candlight vigil

Lighting the candles.

Miners walking

Miners with cap lamps approaching the ceremony.

Arlene Holt-Baker

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker attended and raised her candle in memory to all those killed at Massey operations and in workplaces across America -- 14 every day.

Cecil Roberts at vigil

President Roberts read the names of the 52 people killed on Massey Energy property since 2000.

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