MURPHYSBORO, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) was joined by Bernie Harsy, president of United Mine Workers Local 1825, to announce that Bost’s re-election campaign has been endorsed by the United Mine Workers of America.
“For many years, the United Mine Workers of America struggled to get legislation passed to guarantee health care and pensions for all UMWA pensioners and surviving spouses,”said Bernie Harsy. “Without this legislation, thousands of pensioners and surviving spouses would have lost their pensions and health care due to over 50 coal companies filing for bankruptcy over a period of several years. Congressman Bost played a major role in getting this legislation passed. The United Mine Workers of America would like to thank you for all this hard work and support in getting this legislation passed in December of 2019. Now, no pensioner or surviving spouse will have the threat of losing their health care or pension. The United Mine Workers of America proudly endorse Congressman Bost for the House of Representatives in the Illinois’ 12thCongressional District.”
“My grandfather was a United Mine Workers union rep,” said Bost.“Mining is in my blood. I’ve helped lead the fight in Congress to protect our miners’ health care and pensions, and I couldn’t be prouder to have the support of the United Mine Workers of America.”