United Mine Workers of America

Miners continue strike in Alabama after contract rejected

Apr 14, 2021
Warrior Met Coal


Mine workers are still on strike at two coal mines after union members rejected a contract proposal.

The United Mine Workers of America said the representative for more than 1,100 Warrior Met Coal workers rejected a tentative deal in balloting on Friday.

International President Cecil Roberts said members have the final say in collective bargaining agreements, so they will continue to strike.The walkout affects two facilities.

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Over 1,000 Alabama coal miners are officially on strike. 

The members of the United Mine Workers of America walked off the job at Warrior Met Coal, Inc. on Thursday evening after contract negotiations broke down.

Phil Smith is Director of Communications and Governmental Affairs for the United Mine Workers of America. He said the financial sacrifices made by the miners for the previously bankrupt company have not been honored.

Strike set for Alabama coal mines barring late agreement

Mar 31, 2021
Warrior Met Coal


Over 1,100 Alabama coal mine worders are ready to go on strike against Warrior Met Coal Inc.

The United Mine Workers of America said the walkout will begin Thursday night barring a last-minute labor agreement. The strike would include the company's No. 4 and No. 7 mines, a preparation plant and a central shop. Both locations are in Tuscaloosa County.

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OAKMAN, Ala. (AP) — The United Mine Workers Association says 350 workers will be laid off when a mine in Alabama is temporarily closed. 

The district vice president for the union representing the miners said Shoal Creek Mine is set to close for six months. Operator Peabody Energy said it decided to halt production at the mine following revenue loss and weakening demand for coal.

Hundreds of Alabama Miners Gather in DC

Sep 8, 2016
UMWA Protest
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Mine workers in Alabama are headed to Washington today.

They’ll be joining other members of the United Mine Workers of America in a rally. The demonstration is in support of legislation that would protect pensions and healthcare for retired miners. These benefits have been jeopardized by a downturn in the coal industry across the U.S. Alabama has been hit particularly hard due to the bankruptcy of Walter Energy.

Phil Smith is the Director of Government Affairs for the United Mine Workers. He says Alabama miners have the backing of their government representatives.

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Thirty people have been arrested during a United Mine Workers of America protest against Patriot Coal in West Virginia.

UMWA President Cecil Roberts and AFL-CIO Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker are among those arrested.

The UMWA says 5,000 people attended Tuesday's protest in Fairmont.

They came from Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard told the crowd that every union is threatened if Patriot gets away with shedding legacy costs and breaking promises.