June 8, 2022 - The UMWA International Executive Board yesterday voted unanimously to pursue a partnership with the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA). The WVSSPA membership covers active and retired workers in a variety of occupations that keep school offices running smoothly including; office work, school transportation, general maintenance, custodial care, school lunch and teacher aides.
West Virginia’s school service personnel have weathered recent attacks from the West Virginia Legislature with charter schools, school vouchers and the discontinuation of payroll dues deduction.
“The UMWA has always fought to better the lives of working-class families in West Virginia. This affiliation will give the WVSSPA the backing of the greatest Labor Union in the country,” said United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts. “I believe this partnership will strengthen the labor movement in Appalachia and will give a strong voice to thousands of school service personnel.”
WVSSPA’s membership delegation ratified the partnership June 3, 2022, at the 2022 WVSSPA General Assembly.