Teamsters: Blatant NLRB Ruling Against Mineworkers Threatens American Workforce

Press contact: Ted Gotsch Phone: (202) 508-6437 Email: tgotsch@teamster.org

(WASHINGTON) – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters unequivocally rejects the recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 10 decision unfairly imposing millions of dollars in fines on United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) members. for expressing their federal will. rights protected as union members.

The UMWA has made clear its intention to vigorously challenge the NLRB’s outrageous damages assessment of the 16-month miners’ strike against Warrior Met Coal. The Alabama-based employer has refused to bargain in good faith with the union and is working to justify a loophole in US labor law to circumvent the influence of average American workers to strike at disastrous, labor-driven companies. greed.

“The Teamsters proudly stand with our brothers and sisters in the United Mine Workers of America in fighting this attack on American workers by the National Labor Relations Board,” said Teamsters General Chairman Sean M. O’Brien. . “Are we just going to strip American workers of their ability to organize and their freedom to hit corrupt employers? When will the federal government step in to really protect workers?

UMWA reached an agreement in June with Region 10 to help striking members and their families avoid hostile questioning by Warrior Met Coal lawyers. Despite these well-intentioned efforts, the NLRB billed the union more than $13 million in July for damages the employers allege they owed because of the union’s opposition to worker exploitation.

The fine unfairly calculated by Region 10 is more than 33 times the estimated amount that NLRB lawyers initially assessed in response to the strike actions.

“If this Region 10 decision is upheld, every working American is on notice that the United States federal government has turned its back on you,” said Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman. “The opportunity to strike at a voracious employer — a once-assured protection for Americans in their fight for better working conditions — would be threatened if this ruling is not overturned. There is no other way to see things. The NLRB is simply wrong in this flawed decision.

Warrior Met Coal launched the extended strike against mine workers after months of refusing to negotiate a new contract in good faith. In coordination with the UMWA, the Teamsters Union and its 1.2 million American workers are prepared to exhaust all resources to protect the right to strike of every worker in every jurisdiction.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.2 million hard-working men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and ‘like’ us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

Michael A. Bynum