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The Significance of the Battle of Blair Mountain, 100 Years Later

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Labor and regional advocates commemorate a pivotal milestone in coal union history.

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Striking Alabama Miners Are Done Playing Nice

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Hundreds of UMWA miners remain on the picket line at the Warrior Met Coal mine.

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Projected Layoffs for Murray Energy Workers

Bankrupt coal company Murray Energy has filed several notices warning of impending mass layoffs.

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Miners Protection Act Advances

Union coal miners, retirees and their families are one step closer to securing their pensions and benefits as the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approves the Miners Protection Act.

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Stepping into the Mine Wars

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum in Matewan, W.Va., chronicles the struggle to unionize the state’s coal mines. Photographs and artifacts introduce visitors to the people and events from that time.

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An Era of Undoing: The State of Appalachia’s Labor Unions

By Brian Sewell “We are union,” the marchers chanted. Blanketing the streets of downtown Charleston, W.Va., with bystanders shouting in support, the vocal crowd stretched for blocks behind a banner that read “Fighting for Fairness at Patriot.” Shortly after Patriot

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Over the Line

A lot has been made of EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas rules, but a quotation from Cecil Roberts, President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) will likely grab the most headlines. The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in

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