Westmoreland can scrap health care, contract to sell mine
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge says Westmoreland Coal Co. can eliminate health care for retirees and its union contract to sell a southwestern Wyoming mine to a Virginia businessman.
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.
WAYNESBURG, Greene County — When Democrat Conor Lamb stood in a sea of United Mine Workers of America here in March, it was clear that Democrats had found a way to bring the blue-collar worker back into their camp. Lamb won the special election in this district that President Donald Trump had...
Coal mine idled in West Virginia, 260 out of work
BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A union official says a coal mine in northern West Virginia has been idled, with 260 workers losing their jobs, apparently because of adverse geological conditions and market issues.
Phil Smith, spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America, says another 59 people were laid off a few months ago at the Federal No. 2 mine owned by ERP Compliant Fuels, which has no other mine to transfer the workers to.
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...
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...
12,500 coal retirees told health plans will end without bill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 12,500 union coal miner retirees and their dependents are receiving letters warning them they'll lose their health benefits on Dec. 31 without congressional action.
The Patriot Voluntary Employee Beneficial Association shipped the letters last week. The United Mine Workers of America retirees worked at mines run by now-bankrupt Patriot Coal and its predecessors.
Coal pensions, benefits divide Kentucky Senate candidates
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, where proving your coal bonafides is a prerequisite for holding public office, the two major party candidates disagree over a bill that would rescue the pensions and health benefits of thousands of retired miners.
But the issue isn't coal, President Barack Obama or even the EPA. It's labor unions, adding another layer of partisan politics in a state that has been steadily turning red.
Miners’ retirement funds at risk
Retirement and health-care funds run by the United Mine Workers of America currently support about 120,000 former miners and their families nationwide, but account balances have dwindled amid continued layoffs and bankruptcy filings as the coal industry struggles against competition from cheaper natural gas and tightening environmental regulations. Without intervention, some of the funds could run out of cash by next year, the union says.
Bill to shield retired miners divides coal-state Republicans
WASHINGTON (AP) — An election-year bill to fulfill a 70-year-old government promise and protect health-care and pension benefits for retired miners is dividing coal-state Republicans, pitting endangered incumbents against GOP leaders wary of bailing out union workers.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America is holding a series of meetings with coal miners this week to go over details of a new contract agreement.
The UMWA says the meetings concern a tentative agreement with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, which is made up of many Murray Energy coal mine operations.
The first will take place Tuesday at Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling. The next will occur Wednesday at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown....