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United Mine Workers of America

Kate Sheppard

Union Miners Rally At EPA To Protest New Emissions Standards | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United Mine Workers of America came to Washington on Tuesday with a message for the Obama administration: We will not be forgotten. ...

Black Lung Deniers

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Coal companies, their lawyers and their hand-picked doctors will go to any length -- ethical or not -- to deny the small monthly benefits that stricken miners are due under the Black Lung Benefits Act.

Court Grants Corporations Impunity to Mug Retirees

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

When a kid snatches an old lady's purse, it's punished as a crime. But when a corporation manipulates bankruptcy law to deny thousands of retired coal miners benefits they labored their entire lives to earn, it's endorsed by federal court.

Lucia Graves

Coal Companies' Dispute Leaves Miners' Benefits In Limbo | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Alana Green worked underground. Not for the CIA or the police, but in a coal mine for eight hours a day, six days a week, for five years...

If Elvis Can Get His Own Stamp, Why Not Mother Jones?

David Macaray | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
David Macaray

Although the word "iconic" tends to be overused these days, the term certainly applied to Mother Jones. For roughly 60 years she was the working man's spiritual leader and benefactor -- part Madonna, part mediator, part rabble-rouser -- a labor icon in every sense of the word.

It's the Jobs, Stupid

Ronnie Shows | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

What can President Obama do to help lower unemployment? While there will be no magic bullet, the president does have some good options to preserve existing jobs and creating new ones.

Labor Deal made For Thousands Of Miners

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The United Mine Workers said Monday it has reached a tentative labor agreement with coal producers that employ thousands of ...

United Mine Workers Begin Airing Ads In Support Of Rahall

Heath Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Heath Harrison

The United Mine Workers of America launched ads in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District in support of Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall this week...

Let's Cheer the Chilean Miners -- and Fight for Workers Everywhere

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

While I cheered for the miners coming up from the ground beneath the Atacama Desert, it was painful to recognize yet another sign of the dangerous, corporate-driven agenda that has far more regard for the bottom line than for working people.

Senators Grill Massey CEO Don Blankenship On Safety At Upper Big Branch Mine

AOL News | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (May 20) -- The coal baron who runs the West Virginia mine that last month saw the deadliest U.S. mine accident in 40 years came unbowed to...

Barack Obama, Which Side Are You On?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Barack Obama, Which Side Are You On? Sunday was the funeral for the twenty-nine coal miners killed in the Upper Branch Mine in Beckley, W.Va. In a ph...

An Enduring Memorial for Slaughtered Miners: Criminal Liability for Reckless Owners

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

America needs its own statute -- an Upper Big Branch Law -- holding corporate managers and directors criminally accountable for ditching safety for dollars.

Greed Explains the Disasters and the Lying Afterwards

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Middle class workers are the ones who die in coal mines and on oil rigs. Afterwards, CEOs say anything to save the bottom line -- the one that will determine their bonuses.

Missing Lesson from Mine Tragedy: Union-Busting = Death

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

With the union weakened by closed mines and the rise of untrammeled union-busting, unsafe, deadly conditions were allowed to continue unchallenged at the growing percentage of non-union mines that put profits above safety.

Safety Awards That Endanger Workers' Lives

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

BP, Massey Energy and Tesoro all have hauled out plaques celebrating safety achievements to deflect allegations of corporate recklessness in the after...

Psalm 20 and the Massey Mining Disaster

Kim Bobo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kim Bobo

On Monday, I read through psalm after psalm searching for the "right" one to read at the opening of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) protest near the Massey Energy shareholders meeting.

Temporary Restraining Order Sought to Stop Upper Big Branch Closed-Door Interviews

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

The United Mine Workers and two families who lost family members in the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster have asked the U.S. District Court for a temporary restraining order to stop MSHA's witness interviews.

Obama Mine Safety

McClatchy | Halimah Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's choice to head the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration signals a dramatic shift from his predecessor on mine safety...

Big Coal Defeat! Rednecks and Greens Announce Victory at Blair Mountain

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After 500 mountains in Appalachia have been blown to bits by mountaintop removal, one peak was most likely saved: Blair Mountain in West Virginia.

"D-Carbon" Brings Solar to the Coalfields

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

Carbon County, in a poetic turn, is now set to host the second largest solar facility in the nation.

Mine Workers union endorses Obama for president

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The United Mine Workers of America endorsed Barack Obama for president Wednesday despite his recent defeats in primaries in coal-pr...