November 13, 2023 - United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
“While we are disappointed that Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will not seek re-election for the U.S. Senate, we will forever remember his fierce determination to ensure our government kept its promise to tens of thousands of retired miners and widows by securing the pensions and health care they earned in sweat and blood.
“His unwavering commitment to keeping miners safe at work led to the passage of crucial mine safety laws in West Virginia in the wake of the Sago and Upper Big Branch disasters, and his work to secure consistent funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund means that those who suffer from that incurable disease will get some small measure of comfort in their final days.
“His decision is not only a loss for our union, but for all of West Virginia. Joe Manchin’s dedication to the people of his state has been unwavering throughout his career, and his absence will undoubtedly be felt.
“I would also note that I think he could win re-election. People should remember that despite facing an opponent endorsed by the previous president in the last election, Senator Manchin won. West Virginians knew Joe, and they saw he was the best candidate to represent them. I believe they still do.”
“The UMWA extends its best wishes to our friend Joe Manchin and his wife, Gayle, as they embark on their future endeavors.”