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Mine Workers

“We are not giving up.” Alabama Coal Miners Enter Sixth Month of Strike

A reflection on the strengths and contradictions of this historic strike by a journalist who covered the struggle from the first night of picket lines and from a distance.

Luigi Morris

September 10, 2021

Alabama Coal Miners Protest Outside BlackRock Office in New York

On Wednesday morning, UMWA coal miners picketed the Manhattan office of BlackRock to demand a better contract. These workers recognize that they put their lives on the line to keep society running while bosses collect the profits.

Otto Fors

July 29, 2021

The Women of the Warrior Met Strike

The strike of UMWA mine workers at Warrior Met Coal in Alabama involves many more people than the 1,100 workers who walked off the job in early April. Next to them on the picket lines are their families and partners who are helping to organize the strike, break its isolation, and discuss next steps, following in the footsteps of women’s committees in some of the most important labor battles in U.S. history.

Madeleine Freeman

April 21, 2021

The Legacy of Mother Jones: Interview with an Alabama Coal Miner’s Wife

Left Voice speaks with the wife of a mine worker who is currently on strike for a better contract at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama.

Left Voice

April 15, 2021

“This Strike’s Far From Over”: Interview With a Striking Miner In Alabama

Over a thousand coal miners are on strike in Alabama and have recently voted down a tentative agreement to end the dispute. Left Voice interviewed one of the miners about the situation on the ground and why they voted to continue the fight.

Left Voice

April 10, 2021

“We Deserve More”: Alabama Miners Reject Tentative Agreement, Continue Strike

Striking mine workers at Warrior Met Coal overwhelmingly voted down the tentative agreement. The strike continues!

Madeleine Freeman

April 9, 2021

“A Slap in the Face”: Striking Alabama Miners Push Back on Contract Settlement

On the sixth day of a strike of over 1,100 workers at the Warrior Met coal mines in Alabama, the union presented the rank and file with a tentative agreement from the company. The contract offers certain concessions, but does not address the central demands workers say they require before they come off the picket lines.

Madeleine Freeman

April 8, 2021

From the Picket Line: Alabama Coal Miners on Strike

Left Voice was on the ground in Alabama to report on and stand in solidarity with the more than 1,100 Warrior Met Coal Mine workers on strike. We spoke with many workers on the picket line about this struggle and the conditions they face at the mines.

Left Voice

April 6, 2021

Low Pay, Long Hours, and No Holidays: Alabama Coal Miners Strike Back

Left Voice is on the ground in Alabama to report on and stand in solidarity with the more than 1,100 Warrior Met Coal Mine workers on strike

Madeleine Freeman

April 2, 2021