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UMWA mourns passing of Sen. Kennedy

August 26, 2009
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United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:


"The hearts and prayers of the entire membership of the UMWA are with the family of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on this sad day for our nation.


"Sen Kennedy toiled his entire career on behalf of working families, and was an especiall strong advocate for coal miners and our families. His leadership in the fight to improve mine safety and health laws in the wake of the many coalfield tragedies in 2006 led to the passage of the MINER Act of that year, which has already improved safety in mines across America. 

"Sen Kennedy believed strongly that those who entered public service had a duty and obligation to stand up for all the people, not just a few. We will miss his eloquent voice and his firm belief that working people have a right to dignity, justice and a safe and healthy workplace. Most of all,  we will simply miss him."


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