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President Roberts' statement on the Caring for Coal Miners Act

July 10, 2013
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[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“I want to thank Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), along with Rep. David McKinley (R-W. Va.) and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) for taking an important step toward securing the health care benefits of thousands of retirees who are affected by the Patriot Coal bankruptcy by introducing and co-sponsoring the Caring for Coal Miners Act.

“These retired miners did all they were supposed to do to earn their health care benefits, putting their lives and health on the line every single day to power America. But now, they find the benefits they were promised, and that they earned, at risk through no fault of their own. This new legislation provides a way to meet the commitments that were made to these retirees.

“The UMWA looks forward to working with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who have stepped forward to find a solution to this serious problem. This isn’t about party or politics, this is about doing the right thing for these miners, who gave so much to build our nation. I urge Congress to act, and act quickly, to pass legislation that meets their long term needs.”

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