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

Date: 
May 25, 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.

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

Date: 
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.

Support CWA and IBEW members on strike at Verizon!

Date: 
April 27, 2016

On April 13, over 39,000 Verizon employees represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) went out on strike. The telecom company refused to negotiate a fair contract for its employees, even though the company made $39 billion in profits over the last three years. Verizon employees deserve and are demanding to have a secure living wage while they make the company billions.

Strikes are never called by any labor union lightly. This one was forced after the union bargaining team worked for 10 months to secure an agreement but were met with more and more demands from Verizon to slash benefits, including those for workers injured on the job. Their most intolerable demand includes allowing the company to send its call centers overseas. They are demanding union brothers and sisters sign their job security away as Verizon outsources their jobs.

“It is outrageous for a company like Verizon that is making billions in profits to try to force workers to take significant cuts in their standard of living while at the same time send thousands of American jobs overseas,” said President Roberts. “Verizon doesn’t need the money, American workers, their families and their communities do. This is a fight against naked greed, and we stand ready to be part of that fight.”

We urge UMWA brothers and sisters to “Stand Up To Verizon” with their CWA and IBEW brothers and sisters. Go to standuptoverizon.com to find a rally, march or picket line near you. Click here to sign a petition to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam saying you support the strikers. Click here to read an article giving you the information and ammunition to speak with members in your community about the importance of this nationwide strike.

Our CWA brothers and sisters stood with us during the Fairness at Patriot campaign and are currently supporting us in our legislative battle to force the federal government to “Keep the Promise” to our retirees. We need to stand with them in their time of need!

President Roberts Testifies before the Senate

Date: 
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

Date: 
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 umwa.org and UMWA Facebook page for updated information.

Tell Congress: NO Fast Track! No TPP!

Date: 
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

Navajo Nation Public Safety Employees Vote to Join UMWA

Date: 
April 14, 2015

Navajo Nation Public Safety employees right now are voting to become members of the United Mine Workers of America.

Protect your job! Protect your family! A vote for the UMWA is a vote for representation and job security in the workplace.

Make your voice count! Click here for your ballot!

If you are not sure if you should vote, click here for the list of job classifications.

Be sure to mark your ballot you received and mail it to the Office of Navajo Labor Relations.

Click here for the Notice to Vote on Mandatory Union Membership.

Questions about the proposed contract? Click here for the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and International Union, United Mine Workers of America.

Navajo Nation employees are voting for the UMWA

Date: 
March 5, 2015

Navajo Nation government employees right now are voting to become members of the United Mine Workers of America.

Protect your job! Protect your family! A vote for the UMWA is a vote for representation and job security in the workplace.

Make your voice count! Click here for your ballot!

If you are not sure if you should vote, click here for the list of job classifications.

Be sure to mark your ballot you received and mail it to the Office of Navajo Labor Relations.

Click here for the Notice to Vote on Mandatory Union Membership.

Questions about the proposed contract? Click here for the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Navajo Nation Division of Navajo Nation Executive Branch and International Union, United Mine Workers of America.

Fight West Virginia SB 337!

Date: 
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!

Date: 
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.

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