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11/09/2005

Statement of United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts On Election of Tim Kaine as Governor of Virginia

Source: UMWA

This election represents an enormous victory for working families in every corner of Virginia.

From the coal fields of Southwest Virginia to the beaches of Tidewater, from the great city of Richmond to the northern suburbs where our union is headquartered, the citizens of the Old Dominion have shown with their ballots that they refuse to see the clock turned back on restoration of the state's essential social programs and reclaimed fiscal sanity. They have also sent a strong message to Congress and the White House that unrelenting attacks on workers' rights, medical care and retirement security will no longer be tolerated.

The UMWA coal miners, retirees and their families in Southwest Virginia played a critical role in this victory, and we want to thank them for their strong support.

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