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UMWA Health and Retirement Funds

The UMWA Health and Retirement Funds were created in 1946 in an historic agreement between the United Mine Workers of America and the federal government that ended a nationwide strike and government seizure of the nation's coal mines. The agreement was signed by UMWA President John L. Lewis and Secretary of Labor Julius Krug in the White House, with President Harry Truman witnessing the occasion.

Today, the UMWA Funds provide pensions and medical care to 100,000 retired miners, widows and dependents. The pension payments are a vital component of the rural economies of the coal field communities, contributing over $630 million into the local economies in 2006. Over $753 million in medical payments from the Funds to hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, clinics, and pharmacies throughout the coalfields are the bedrock of the medical care structure of those communities.

For information about the economic contribution of the UMWA Health and Retirement Funds in your state, click here.

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