National Union with 90 Local Chapters in PA come out in support of American Jobs Plan’s Energy and Jobs Transition Policies
PENNSYLVANIA — On the heels of President Biden’s visit to Pittsburgh to roll out the American Jobs Plan, a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Monday officially endorsed his energy policies and the job transition plan for coal country in his American Jobs Plan. UMWA is a major voice for Pennsylvania mine workers, with over 90 locals in the commonwealth.
The United Mine Workers of America leadership announced Monday they support President Joe Biden’s green energy policies in exchange for a robust transition strategy, a move the union hopes its membership will support as a way to transition toward new jobs.
“We’re trying to, first of all, insert ourselves to the extent that we can in this conversation because our people, a lot of coal miners in this country, their families have suffered already some traumatic losses,” UMWA President Cecil Roberts told NBC.
In his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, Biden proposed a sweeping investment in green energy such as wind, solar and other renewable energy projects. In an effort to help fossil fuel workers transition to new jobs, the plan also includes billions of dollars to employ dislocated utility workers in the coal, oil and gas industries.
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