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Letcher County Local Resolution on Black Lung and RECLAIM Act, 2018

In the fall of 2018, the Letcher County was among nearly a dozen local governments to pass this local resolution calling on Congress to strengthen the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, pass the RECLAIM Act, and protect miners' pensions.

Rowan County Local Resolution on Black Lung and RECLAIM 2018

Rowan County was among nearly a dozen local governments to pass this local resolution in the fall of 2018, calling on members of Congress to strengthen the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, pass the RECLAIM Act, and protect miners' pensions.

KFTC Land Reform Committee Meeting

KFTC's Land Reform Committee is our statewide committee that guides KFTC's work to end harm to our land, water and people from extractive industries, including coal, oil and gas, timber, and more. Our meetings are open to all KFTC members. If you are interested in attending, please contact lisa@kftc.org.

Sen. McConnell Hints at Support for Black Lung Disability Trust Fund

At a public meeting in Pikeville, Sen McConnell was asked whether he would support strengthening funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. Currently, the fund is running out of money because more miners are getting sick and more coal companies are going bankrupt.

Fixing What's Broke: why Congress must support a Just Transition for miners with black lung and communities

A new report from KFTC describes ways Kentuckians are organizing to demand action from Congress – and especially from Senator Mitch McConnell – in support of a Just Transition for miners with black lung disease, retired and laid off miners, and their communities.

To build a new economy in coal communities, the report says Congress should start by "fixing what's broke," including strengthening funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, passing the RECLAIM Act, and protecting miners' pensions.

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