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UMWA 'fired up,' will march in Pennsylvania on coal miner issues

TheUnited Mine Workers of America announced more than 5,000 active and retiredmembers and their families, friends and supporters will march and rally April 1.

Thenation's largest coal union will convene on Waynesburg, Pa., on April 1 for a "demonstrationof solidarity as the union works to overcome a series of challenges confrontingits members." In an announcement March 29, UMWA President Cecil Robertspointed to potential wage and benefits cutsfrom companies in bankruptcy such as AlphaNatural Resources Inc., ongoing efforts to pass related to miners' pensionsand health care, and a national union agreement soon expiring as reasonsmembers should unite.

"Weare in the last year of a national collective bargaining agreement,"Roberts said. "Our members want to let everyone know that we are fired up,we are united and we are ready to do what it takes [to] meet all thesechallenges and prevail."

Themarch begins at 10 a.m. at the Greene County Airport and will proceed 1.5 milesto the Greene County Fairgrounds. The release said at least 25 buses will bringUMWA members and families from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.