LOCAL 689 STANDING WITH
UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA (UMWA)
September 8, 2016 - Union Square - Washington, DC
Local 689 joined with the UMWA and unions from around the country in front of the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress to keep America’s promise to thousands of retirees, spouses, and dependents. Coal miners were promised lifetime retirement benefits by U.S. President Harry Truman in 1946 and they must act now to keep these benefits alive and pass S. 1714 and H.R. 2403. The measure has near-unanimous backing from Democrats, but has divided coal-state Republicans. Several endangered Republican incumbents support the bill, but GOP leaders — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — are wary of bailing out unionized workers.