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Joe Donnelly accepts UMWA endorsement at Boonville rally to launch ‘Miners for Joe’

Joe Donnelly accepted the endorsement of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) today at a rally with current and retired coal miners in Boonville to launch ‘Miners for Joe’ and discuss Joe’s efforts fighting for Hoosier miners in the Senate.

More than 100 retired coal miners gathered at the American Legion Post 200 in Boonville to help launch ‘Miners for Joe,’ a constituency group that will help inform, persuade, and mobilize Hoosiers throughout the election. Joe and his campaign will work with the founding members of ‘Miners for Joe’ and those who join in the coming months to focus on issues that matter around the state through direct voter contact, media opportunities, and in-person events.

At the conclusion of the event, UMWA COMPAC Chairman Bill Yockey announced that the national COMPAC committee had unanimously endorsed Joe so that he can continue serving Hoosier miners in the Senate for another six years.

Throughout his time in the Senate, Joe has been a champion for miners:

He introduced the Miners Protection Act, which was signed into law last year. The Act is a permanent, bipartisan fix that guarantees that thousands of retired miners in Indiana and across the country, as well as their families, will be able to receive the health care benefits they were promised.

Joe also introduced the Miners’ Pension Protection Act, which would protect the pensions promised to retired Miners by ensuring the 1974 UMWA pension plan remains solvent.

Joe is a co-sponsor of the Butch Lewis Act, which would put miners’ pension plans on solid footing through new financing options, while safeguarding pensions for retirees and current workers.

“For generations, Hoosier coal miners have woken up in the dark and come home in the dark to power our country, fuel our economy, and keep our nation safe. They’re the backbone of Indiana, and they deserve a government that keeps its promises and delivers the health care, pensions, and dignified retirement they deserve,” said Joe Donnelly. “With the help of ‘Miners for Joe,’ I know we can bring Hoosier common sense and our coal miners’ work ethic back to Washington.”

“I’m proud to be a founding member of ‘Miners for Joe’ because Joe never wavered in his fight to protect our workforce and retirees throughout his time in the Senate,” said Bill Yockey, UMWA COMPAC Chairman. “Joe worked hard every day to ensure the government holds up its end of the bargain, and guarantee our pensions and health care benefits so that we can continue to take care of our families even after retirement. He’s fought for us throughout his time in Washington, and we’re proud to endorse him because we know he’s the common sense voice we need in the Senate.”