Last Thursday, around 1,100 coal miners at Warrior Met Coal in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, went on strike. According to the union, the United Mine Workers of America, a tentative bargaining agreement has now been reached with the company, but workers must still vote on whether or not to ratify it.
In order to cover this important strike and spread these workersâ€™ stories, weâ€™ve teamed up with our brothers-in-arms Jacob Morrison, aÂ union organizer and cohost of the outstandingÂ Valley Labor Report, Alabamaâ€™s only weekly labor radio talk show, and the incredible musician Lee Bains III ofÂ The Glory Fires. Jacob and Lee went down to the Warrior Met Coal picket line this weekend to talk with striking miners, play some music, and show solidarity. In this special episode, weâ€™ve compiled clips from Leeâ€™s live performance as well as Jacobâ€™s interviews on the picket line and at the local UMWA unionÂ hall.
This blog originally appeared atÂ In These TimesÂ on April 8, 2021. Reprinted with permission.
About the Author: Maximillian Alvarez is a writer and editor based in Baltimore and the host of Working People, â€śa podcast by, for, and about the working class today.â€ť His work has been featured in venues like In These Times, The Nation, The Baffler, Current Affairs, and The New Republic.
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