SESSER, IL – The National Council of Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC), the political arm of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), today endorsed U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) for re-election to Congress. The UMWA is the largest union in North America representing coal miners and is one of the largest in the world. The UMWA represents workers in and around underground coal mines, surface mining operations, and preparation plants.
“We very much appreciate the support Congressman Bost has given both active and retired coal miners and their families, especially in such difficult times as the coal industry is experiencing today,” said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts. “His strong voice in support of our members is an inspiration to us all.”
“My grandfather served as president of United Mine Workers Local 1457 nearly half a century ago. Coal mining is in my blood and is part of Southern Illinois’ heritage,” said Bost. “I understand the important work generations of Southern Illinois miners have put into powering our nation. I am proud to have their endorsement, and I will always fight for them in Washington.”