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14 union representatives arrested at UMWA anti-Clean Power Plan rally in Pittsburgh

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UMWA Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane was one of 14 arrested at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh. UMWA Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane was one of 14 arrested at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh.
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The Environmental Protection Agency held the first of two hearings in Pittsburgh today regarding the June 2 Clean Power Plan; in response, the United Mine Workers of America held a rally in the Steel City, which resulted in 14 arrests.

The rally began at 9:30 a.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which drew 5,500 people in total, UMWA spokesman Phil Smith said. The protesters then marched through the city streets to the William S. Moorhead Federal Building, where the EPA hearing was taking place.

At that point, several people sat down on the steps of the Federal Building and refused to move, he said. Consequently, 13 UMWA members, including UMWA International President Cecil Roberts and Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane, and one member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience, Smith said.

Other unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Utility Workers Union of America, railway workers and others attended the rally and march to voice their opposition to the Clean Power Plan, which proposes to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power sources.

"It is beyond belief that the EPA would refuse to hold one of its public hearings in the coalfields where the people who will be most adversely affected by this proposed rule live and work," Roberts said in a July 29 announcement about the rally. "We believe that EPA still can and should hold ahearing in the coalfields, but since they have not scheduled one yet, we decided to bring the coalfields to them."

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