Miner’s Health

Your DGB for today is to help support The Miner’s Protection Act, also known as House Resolution 179 or Senate Bill 175.

In 2012 and 2015, three coal mining companies went bankrupt leaving their retirees in danger of losing their promised health care benefits and leaving the long-term health of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) 1974 pension fund on shaky ground. This, coupled with the heavy damage done to the fund by the 2008 Wall Street crash and subsequent recession, leaves over 20,000 mostly elderly retirees in grave danger of being financially destitute. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both houses of Congress that would preserve these promised benefits.

The UMWA is asking everyone that can to contact Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan and request that they support The Miner’s Protection Act.

The number for the congressional switchboard where both politicians can be reached is 202-224-3121. Here is a short script to follow if you need it:

“Hello, I am calling [Senator McConnell/Speaker Ryan] to ask that they support The Miner’s Protection Act and preserve health care benefits for retired miners as well as shore up the pension fund. Thank you.”

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