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UMWA endorses Tennant at annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine, WV

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UPDATE, 12:53 p.m. Sept. 1:

West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue issued a Labor Day statement prior to the 76th annual UMWA Labor Day celebration and picnic in Racine, saying it's important to take time to honor "all those workers who fought for the rights and benefits we enjoy today."

"These rights weren't simply handed to West Virginia workers," Perdue said. "They had to be fought for from the coal mines, to the steel miles, to construction sites all over West Virginia and this nation."

As part of the Labor Day Celebration, United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts announced the organization endorses Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in the race for U.S. Senate.  


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United Mine Workers of America will feature food, entertainment and presentations by political and labor leaders at its 76th annual Labor Day Celebration in Boone County Sept. 1.

The festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. at John Slack Memorial Park in Racine on Monday. There will be a pig roast at noon, and entertainers including Elaine Purkey, Abby Bolton and One Eyed Jack will perform throughout the day.

UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts will speak at 1 p.m., followed by West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. Other speakers will include State Treasurer John Perdue, West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue, Boone County Commission Chairman Eddie Hendricks, and Communications Workers of America International Representative Elaine Harris.