Musgrave, a retired
He was also one of 100 UMWA workers and family members who were arrested for civil disobedience on Thursday.
Wearing a bright orange hat and green bracelet like all other impending arrestees, Musgrave struggled to be heard over the rumblings of "Born to Run."
"It took me awhile to (find out you have to) fight as hard to keep something as you did to get it initially," said Musgrave, who was diagnosed with bile duct cancer almost two decades before. "Unfortunately the government has decided to back out of the obligation they made to the mine workers in 1946.
"... Seems like the government, they have the money to bail out the bankers and the corporations, and we're not even asking for a bailout."
According to UMWA spokesman
The rally featured a televangelist turn from UMWA president
Manchin said the act will go before the
"Why I support it (is) because promises were made in 1946. ... It's an obligation we took on, it's a promise we made, and if we make a promise we should keep it," he said. "These men and women went into the mines and the coal they dug powered us through World War II."
Donnelly said the committee had found funding for the bill. He believes it's going to pass to the full
"I support it 100 percent," he said.
A bill in the House -- an update to the
In a statement to the Courier & Press,
McGee also sent an article stressing that in 2015, union mines only accounted for 14 percent of mine production, with UMWA contributing 9 percent.
A group of miners from
"You go to the union meetings, and it looks like a retirement home," Cindy said. "Everyone there has their own set of problems."
They were among the group arrested on Thursday. They marched toward
The 100 men and women dropped the crosses into the casket and sat down in the street.
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