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Event to be held for miners stamp in Wilkes-Barre


September 2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Event to be held for miners stamp in Wilkes-Barre


REGION, September 6th- For more than fifteen years individuals andgroups including the United Mine Workers of America Union (UMWA) have tied to presuade the United States Postal Service (USPS) to issue a stamp, or series of commemorative stamps, recognizing and honoring the coal miners of the nation. So far, these efforts have not resulting with success.

Those wishing for the USPS to issue a stamp have made their case to the postal authorities of the historical and industrial national significance of the contribution of coal miners to the industrial might of this nation. Coal mining along with railroads, steel, oil, have been pillars of the industrial revolution of the nation, supporters have stated.

Citizens, many who are descended from coal mining families, and would wish to see the hard and dangerous work of their ancestors memorialized in the form of a stamp, have help rallies and conducted petition signing events to attempt to convince the USPS to issue a stamp recognizing coal miners.

According to Wayne Namey, a member of the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776, and a member of the Community Services Committee of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council labor federation, a rally to show support for a coal miners stamp will be held on Public Square in Downtown Wilkes-Barre on October 25th.

Mr. Namey, who works as a clerk at a Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Store in Luzerne County, told the newspaper the event will be held between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with speakers beginning at 10:00 am. “We are hoping to have live music. Food venders will be available. Coffee and donuts also with balloons for kids,” said Mr. Namey.

Mr. Namey stated six groups have announced they will be involved with the October 25th event including: the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council, UFCW Local 1776, the Red Hat Society, the Wilkes-Barre Kiwana’s Club, the Anthracite Living History Group and the Huber Breaker Society. “We need more groups to become involved with their presence at this event and petition drives to bombard the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee with hundreds or a thousand letters.”

The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee is tasked with evaluating the merits of all stamp proposals. The committee’s primary goal is to select subjects for recommendation to the postmaster general. For more than fifteen years the UMWA have petitioned the USPS to issue a stamp.

Mr. Namey can be contacted at: 570.466.3385.

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