Salango Endorsed by United Mine Workers of America
AUGUST 4, 2020
CHARLESTON, WV --Today, Ben Salango’s campaign for Governor was endorsed by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), one of the most significant endorsements in West Virginia politics.
During a virtual press conference, Salango said that he will never turn his back on West Virginia coal miners and their families, and pledged to protect coal jobs in the Mountain State. As an attorney, Salango has represented coal miners being taken advantage of by coal bosses.
“Ben Salango is the clear choice for working families, and especially working and retired coal miners, in West Virginia,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. “His family has UMWA roots and he understands the critical importance of the coal industry to West Virginia. He will be a strong voice for preserving and expanding coal jobs but in a way that puts the miners first, not the coal. That’s why he received the unanimous endorsement of our State COMPAC Council,” Roberts concluded.
“As a southern West Virginian with family members who mined coal, I know the importance of coal to our state and the sacrifices our coal miners make,” Democratic Nominee for Governor Ben Salango said. “As governor, I will fight to protect coal mining jobs while protecting the health and safety of our miners and our communities. "
Salango added, "Forging our state’s history, brave mine workers risked it all to power our country and provide for their families, all while leading the charge for safer working conditions. I am humbled to receive the endorsement of the UMWA because our hard-working miners deserve a governor who will always put workers first.”
The UMWA’s membership that includes coal miners, manufacturing workers, clean coal technicians, health care workers, corrections officers and public employees throughout the United States and Canada.The UMWA continues the fight it began in 1890 for safe workplaces, good wages and benefits, and strong representation for working families throughout North America.