Future of Coal Miners Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mindy Isser, contributing writer to In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on Feb. 5 to discuss her new article “Joe Biden Thinks Coal Miners Should Learn to Code. A Real Just Transition Demands Far More.”

In These Times MagazineIsser first discussed the coal mining field, the pension crisis and how they are constantly fighting to protect and strengthen protections around their pensions so they do not lose them. She then discussed the Green New Deal, and how unions are trying to organize workers who work in solar and wind technology in order to protect their jobs and enable them to bargain for contracts. Isser’s article reviews a Joe Biden speech and how he said that coal miners should learn to code, making them more versatile workers. She said that miners are already skilled electricians, engineers and builders, and having the knowledge and ability to code could help them find jobs even outside of coal mining.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyDave Megenhardt, executive director of the United Labor Agency, spoke about how the United States was when President Obama took office compared to when President Trump took office. He said it was not in as poor of shape as President Trump said it was during his State of the Union address. He also talked about census jobs and how they are actively hiring 18-month temporary positions for the census. Megenhardt said that after the 18-months are over, some of the temp. workers may be offered full time positions. Lastly, he spoke about the importance of coal miner unionization and the fight to protect their pensions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and the National Call in Day to support the act.


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