Miners March on Congress to Demand Pension Legislation

WASHINGTON — Armed with backing from fellow unionists and support from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, several thousand unionists – most of them Mine Workers from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania – marched and lobbied on Capitol Hill on Sept. 8 to demand legislation to save pensions.

Several thousand unionists marched to Capitol Hill on Sept. 8 to demand legislation to save pensions.

Coal miners have struggled since 2012 due to a combination of the Great Recession and coal company bankruptcies – making them unable to pay in the federal tax for each ton of coal that goes to support the miners’ pensions. Pensions for at least 100,000 retirees are at risk.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave her support to the coal miners to help rescue the pensions. She said coal miners have spent their lives keeping the lights on for our country so the government cannot leave them in the dark. “

“For more than a century, America’s coal miners have put their own health and safety at risk to provide affordable and reliable energy for the nation,” Clinton said in a statement. “They are entitled to the benefits they have earned and the respect they deserve.”

Source: PAI