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United Mine Workers of America


Jan 23, 1890

Rival miners' organizations met in Columbus, Ohio

Jan 25, 1890

The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio

1897

Coal operators of Central Competitive Field agreed to peace with UMWA insisting organizing West Virginia too

Other events that happened on or around 1897

Apr 18, 1912

Miners along Paint Creek and Cabin Creek walked off their jobs beginning the Mine Wars

1919

Attempts to unionize southern West Virginia occurred

Other events that happened on or around 1919

1924

Frank Keeney and Fred Mooney resigned from the UMWA

Other events that happened on or around 1924

1933

UMWA unionized the West Virginia coalfields

Other events that happened on or around 1933

1942

President of UMWA District 17 Van Bittner resigned

Other events that happened on or around 1942

1969

William Anthony "Tony" Boyle defeated Joseph A "Jock" Yablonski in the election

Other events that happened on or around 1969

Dec 22, 1972

Tony Boyle defeated by Arnold Miller in a special election, as Miners for Democracy take control of UMWA

Other events that happened on or around December 22, 1972

1979

Sam Church Jr. became president of UMWA

Other events that happened on or around 1979

1982

Richard Trumka became president of UMWA

Other events that happened on or around 1982

1985

Robert Phalen became president of UMWA District 17

Other events that happened on or around 1985

1989

The Pittston Company tried to abrogate commitments to the UMWA welfare and retirement fund

Other events that happened on or around 1989

1992

Jay Rockefeller successfully backed the Coal Act to ensure continued funding of the UMWA health insurance

Other events that happened on or around 1992

1993

A broad national agreement between UMWA and Bituminous Coal Operators Association was negotiated

Other events that happened on or around 1993

1996

District 29 of UMWA was eliminated

Other events that happened on or around 1996

2001

Joseph Carter was elected president of UMWA District 17

Other events that happened on or around 2001


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