UMWA marks year since initiating strike

April 4, 2022

A large rally is planned in support of the United Mine Workers on Wednesday, April 6, in McCalla, Ala., to demand justice for the UMWA miners who have been on strike with Warrior Met Coal for an entire year.

“This strike MUST END NOW and we are going to remind Warrior Met that there is strength in numbers!” UMWA leadership posted on the organization’s website.

After about 850 UMWA-represented workers at Warrior Met facilities in Alabama sacrificed benefits, the company was lifted to profitability after its 2016 bankruptcy. However, the company has not reciprocated by returning a fair, good-faith contract for the workers, UMWA leaders say.

On April 1, 2021, members of four UMWA locals went on strike and have been demonstrating against the company ever since.

Donations may be made to fund the ongoing strike here.

Guests planning to show their solidarity at the rally include UNITE HERE!, The United Auto Workers, The United Food and Commercial Workers, The Association of Flight Attendants, and others.

Speakers will include UMWA President Cecil E. Roberts, International Secretary-Treasurer Brian Sanson and other labor leaders.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. local time April 6 at Tannehill State Park, 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla AL 35111.

SMART Transportation Division members are encouraged to show their solidarity with the UMWA. More information about how to participate or contribute is available from the UMWA District 20 office by calling 205-477-7500.