September 9, 2023 - The Director of Region 10 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Lisa Henderson, has ruled in favor of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), blocking a decertification vote at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama. The UMWA has claimed that the decertification attempt was caused by Warrior Met’s unfair labor practices. The Region’s decision supports the UMWA’s claim.
“Henderson based her decision on a ruling by Judge Melissa M. Olivero, that determined Warrior Met Coal violated the law. They violated the law before the strike began, continue to violate the law today, and intend to keep violating it in the future,” said International UMWA President Cecil E. Roberts.
“Our members have been fighting for fair treatment and respect from Warrior Met Coal, and the company’s unfair labor practices have caused significant harm to our members and their families. Ironically, it was a non-member who initiated the decertification petition in an attempt to deny every worker’s right to belong to a union in the workplace. The UMWA will continue to fight for justice and fairness for our members,” Roberts added.
“The ruling sends a clear message that they cannot violate workers’ rights with impunity,” Roberts said. The union will continue to monitor the situation at Warrior Met Coal and will always take action to protect the rights of its members.”