Since April 1, brothers and sisters at United Mine Workers of America have been engaged in an unfair labor practice strike against Warrior Met Coal in Alabama. This is the union’s first strike in four decades. Warrior Met could not have emerged from bankruptcy in 2016 without agreement by the UMWA workforce to severe sacrifices in pay, health care benefits, time off and more. The miners agreed to negotiations with the understanding that five years later, when the company was on its feet, they’d be rewarded with a better deal. While Warrior Met’s finances have improved and remain vigorous even through the pandemic, that time is up—and the company has refused to do the right thing. The union is conducting lawful picketing of Warrior Met, in addition to engaging in acts of non-violent civil disobedience, in order to force the company to bargain in good faith for the fair and equitable contract the miners so rightfully earned.
Boilermakers are invited to support striking brothers and sisters at a rally on Wednesday, August 4. If you are in the surrounding area, we urge you to attend in solidarity. The details for the rally are as follows:
Brookwood Baseball Park
15689 Highway 216
Brookwood, AL 35444
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For more information on the strike visit www.umwa.org.