Leaders from four states attend
A COAL SUMMIT hosted by Local 154 (Pittsburgh) Aug. 17 drew about 200 leaders from organized labor, business, environmental groups, and government, as well as rank-and-file union members. The event was planned by the L-154 Clean Coal Committee to bring together parties who have a shared interest in the future of coal.
The regional meeting involved lawmakers and other participants from four states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Three members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation attended, including Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18th), Rep. Mike Doyle (D-14th), and Rep. Mark Critz (D-12th). Also participating was Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
Coalition partners from the coal industry also took part, including the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance; First Energy Corporation; Consol Energy; Edison Mission Energy; and the United Mine Workers of America.
A press conference followed the summit.
L-154’s efforts to build a regional coalition for clean coal included a “clean coal rally” in 2010 that saw more than 700 members take to the street in front of the union hall, raising public awareness and drawing media attention.