UMWA Votes in Favor of New Contract


Local coal miners with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement at six Murray Energy mines.

The new five-year agreement maintains wages at current levels and includes a wage reopener after three years.

Health care benefits for active and retired workers and their dependents remain intact, with slight increases in out-of-pocket costs but no monthly premiums.

Total annual days off from work are initially reduced, but many of those days are regained over the life of the agreement.

Murray Energy also agreed to remain in the UMWA 1974 Pension Plan.

“In addition to the courage shown by our membership, I want to express my thanks to all those Local Union, District and International leaders who worked so hard on achieving this agreement,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said.

More than 60 percent of the miners voted in favor of the new contract.

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