By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
The United Mine Workers of America is taking its fight to Fairmont and encouraging everyone to show their support.
The UMW welcomes citizens near and far to join its “Fairness at Patriot” rally on Tuesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at the Fairmont State University football field.
Phil Smith, director of communications for the UMW, said the rally is in support of the active and retired miners and their families who are losing their health care and pension benefits in Patriot Coal Corp.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which was filed July 9, 2012.
The event in Fairmont will feature UMW International President Cecil Roberts and International Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane as speakers. Political leaders, officials from other unions and various dignitaries are also being invited, Smith said.
He said those who attend the rally will be moved by the very serious, real threats that families are facing, because this is a life and death matter for many people.
“They can expect to hear some tremendous words from President Roberts, as they always can,” Smith said. “They can expect to be uplifted by the motivation of the people who are engaging in the struggle.”