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UMWA has no endorsement

November 4, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

In his hit piece in the Oct. 28 edition, the AFL-CIO's Rich Trumka attacked Romney over coal industry policy and endorsed Obama. But it's been 17 years since Trumka was an officer in the United Mine Workers of America, and it shows: what he did not admit was that the UMWA, while endorsing 30 candidates in Ohio - all Democrats - is pointedly not endorsing Obama. Repeat, the UMWA, now far closer to the coal issues than Trumka, is not endorsing Obama.

Why? From the UMWA's web site as of Oct. 29: "The UMWA National COMPAC Council has not made an endorsement in the 2012 election for president of the United States. Neither candidate has yet demonstrated that he will be on the side of UMWA members and their families as president. We will continue to examine the candidates' positions on all the issues of importance to our members and American working families as the campaign progresses."

Trumka bragged about being a third-generation coal miner, but he's behaving like a first-generation politician.

Terry Graves


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