Union head: Climate plans must accommodate coal workers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates seeking to address climate change must account for thousands of coal workers whose jobs are at risk because of mine closures and competition...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dozens of retired coal miners visited lawmakers in Washington to call for legislative action to preserve the pensions of about 87,000 retirees and another 20,000 working...
Manchin, Morrisey pick up US Senate race endorsements
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey have picked up endorsements from coal interests ahead of November's U.S. Senate race in West Virginia.
The United Mine Workers union says it plans to spend $360,000 on television advertisements in four West Virginia media markets in support of Manchin.
TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America has elected Cecil Roberts to a sixth term as head of the coal miner's union.
Roberts, 71, is known as a fiery, passionate speaker and has battled in recent years to protect retired union worker pensions as the coal industry has slumped. He has led civil disobedience protests that sometimes end with him and other union miners being arrested.
Since Conor Lamb defeated Rick Saccone to represent the 18th Congressional District, I have several questions.
If Lamb is pro-life, pro-gun, pro-tariff and anti-Pelosi, is he really a Democrat? They are all Republican platform issues and anti-Democratic platform standards.
West Virginia lawmakers back miner pension bill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four West Virginia lawmakers are backing new legislation in Congress to fund pensions for about 87,000 retired and 20,000 vested coal miners, saying it fulfills a promise made by President Harry Truman in 1946.
U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, Reps. David McKinley and Evan Jenkins say about 26,000 live in West Virginia.
It would shore up the 1974 United Mine Workers of America Pension Plan hurt by coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis.
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds gathered at the western Pennsylvania headquarters of Consol Energy for a United Mine Workers protest.
The union said Wednesday morning's rally was to protest what it called attempts by the company to reduce health benefits for retirees and to protect pensions of retired coal miners.
President Cecil Roberts in a statement said Consol was leaving the coal business but "trying to leave behind all its obligations" to workers who made the company successful for decades.
Several thousand United Mine Workers of America members are descending on Consol Energy headquarters in Southpointe this morning to protest what it says are recent attempts by the energy company to reduce health-care benefits for its union retirees and threaten potential funding for the pensions of thousands of retired coal miners and widows.The company said earlier this year it would like to sell the remainder of its coal assets by the end of this year. The union says it wants to ensure its...
United Mine Workers of America plans to stage a rally at Consol Energy headquarters in Southpointe at 10 a.m. Wednesday to protest what it says are recent attempts by the energy company to reduce health-care benefits for its union retirees and threaten potential funding for the pensions of thousands of retired coal miners and widows.The company said earlier this year it would like to sell the remainder of its coal assets by the end of this year. The union says it wants to ensure its miners'...
Miners rally for bill to protect health, pension benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of unionized mine workers and supporters rallied at the Capitol Thursday to push for a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families.
"We're here today to demand that the right thing be done!" thundered Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, which organized the rally. "Keep the promise and pass the bill."
Union approves new contract for 5 West Virginia coal mines
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Members of the United Mineworkers of America have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that covers five northern West Virginia mines.
The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports (http://bit.ly/2bdUx6e ) 60.3 percent of union members voted in favor of the new contract with the Bituminous Coal Operators of America. The deal runs through 2021.