The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) plans to hold "Unity Rallies" in Brookwood to encourage solidarity and perseverance as strikes at the mine continue for a second week.

On April 12, UMWA held a meeting of the executive board to discuss the strike of around 1,000 Warrior Met Coal employees.

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“The Warrior Met miners have overwhelmingly voted to continue this strike,” said Cecil E. Roberts, UMWA International President. “The union is mobilizing its entire resources to support them.”

The strike, which started on April 1, was initiated after the workers' contract expired and negotiations to obtain a fair contract failed. Miners say they are striking against unfair labor practices.

In a Monday press release, UMWA announced it will be hosting "Unity Rallies" in Brookwood for members, families and community supporters to "build solidarity and hear from local and national allies."

The union is also providing monetary relief for workers and their families. They have set aside $50,000 to establish a relief fund. Individuals who are interested in donating to the fund can visit later this week for more information.

Biweekly strike benefits will also be issued to participating members this week. The first installment totals around $600,000. The union has also purchased health insurance for members participating in the strike.

Dates for the rallies have not been released, but details should be provided later in the week. Stay connected with The Tuscaloosa Thread for more information as it becomes available.

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