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.
May 5, 2011
The UMWA is sponsoring performances of a one-woman play titled Can’t Scare Me: The Story of Mother Jones, written and performed by Obie-award winning actress Kauilani Lee. The Washington Post critic Jane Horowitz wrote of the performance, “Lee makes the early miners’ and steelworkers’ strikes feel real and immediate, especially the murderous violence unleashed against unionized workers in the early 20th century.”
"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.
May 10 - Denver - Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center -http://suteatro.org/cant-scare-me/
May 13 - Pueblo - El Pueblo History Museum - (719) 583-0453
May 15 - Colorado Springs - THEATREWORKS - http://www.theatreworkscs.org/tickets.html
May 17 - Trinidad - Trinidad Junior High School - (303) 425-7110
For more information go to www.facebook.com/UMWALudlow
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.
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.
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.
Lighting the candles.
Miners with cap lamps approaching the ceremony.
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.
President Roberts read the names of the 52 people killed on Massey Energy property since 2000.
March 31, 2010
The passage of the health care bill by Congress in March "will not reduce or change any of the current health care benefits UMWA active members, retirees and their families receive," UMWA President Roberts said.
“And it will not mean a tax increase for UMWA members or their families, now or in the future," Roberts said. "Any excise taxes that our members’ benefits may be subject to won't become effective until 2018. If some portion of those benefits were to be subject to that tax at that time, it would be paid by the insurance providers, not individuals members.”
October 13, 2009
The new international leadership of the UMWA was sworn into office at a ceremony in Morgantown, W. Va., on Oct. 7.
International President Cecil E. Roberts, International Secretary Treasurer Daniel J. Kane, three International At-Large Vice Presidents, six International District Vice Presidents and three International Auditor/Tellers received the oath of office at the event. They will serve a five-year term beginning Dec. 22, 2009.
The International officers are:
International President: Cecil E. Roberts
Secretary-Treasurer Kane is sworn in with his family at his side.
The UMWA International officers.
President Roberts delivers his inaugural address.
October 10, 2009
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June 16, 2009
More than 700 people attended the National Historic Landmark dedication ceremony marking the site of the 1914 Ludlow tent colony on June 28.
Speakers included UMWA President Cecil Roberts, Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane, Colo. State Rep. Buffie McFadyen, Colo. AFL-CIO Executive Director Mike Cerbo, Dr. James Green from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Elizabeth Jamison from Calgary University, UMWA International District 22 Vice President Mike Dalpaiz and UMWA Region 4 Director Bob Butero. Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter read a proclamation.
February 17, 2009
Click here to see video highlights of a press conference with the UMWA, other unions and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
We discussed a new economic study that demonstrates how deployment of advanced coal-based electricity generation facilities
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