AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler visited Mine Workers (UMWA) members yesterday in Brookwood, Alabama, who are striking against Warrior Met Coal in their fight for a fair contract. In addition to visiting the picket lines, Shuler spoke at a rally alongside UMWA International President Cecil Roberts and AFGE President Everett Kelly. The miners have been on strike since April 1and don’t plan on slowing down until they reach their goals of fair pay and a safer workplace.
“This strike is about the entire community,” said Shuler during her speech. “One job is connected to every other. UMWA members support every local shop, restaurant, service . . . and the people who make those businesses run. We’re not going back to the days of company towns. When the coal companies owned everything. Employers are supposed to serve our communities, not the other way around.”