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UMWA endorses Grimes for Senate in Kentucky

August 2, 2014
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[MADISONVILLE, KY]  The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) today announced its endorsement of Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) in the race for United States Senator from Kentucky.

"We are pleased to make this endorsement," UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. "Ms. Grimes has been a steadfast friend of our members and their families during her tenure as Secretary of State. She has lived up to her commitments to Kentucky working families time and time again, and been a tireless advocate on their behalf.

"Ms. Grimes is not only a strong supporter of coal and the coal industry," Roberts said. "She is the only candidate in this race who is also a supporter of coal miners. She cares about their health and safety on the job.  She cares about what happens to them once they retire after a career of dangerous, backbreaking work. She cares about what happens to their families, and what can be done to make their communities stronger.

"Miners need a strong voice on their behalf in Washington," Roberts said. "That is exactly what Alison Lundergan Grimes will be.

UMWA Secretary-Treasurer Dan Kane noted that incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) had passed up a chance to support retired miners and their widows earlier this week in Washington, when he voted against a measure that would have provided funding to help secure the pensions and health care of more than 12,000 Kentucky retirees.

"Sen. McConnell had a golden opportunity to support retired miners and their dependents in Kentucky, but instead chose to vote against them," Kane said. "Ms. Grimes has made it clear that she supports helping these retirees. We need her voice and her leadership in the Senate."

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