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Citing unfair labor practices at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, 1,100 coal miners with the United Mine Workers of America went on strike on April 1. One week later, workers voted down a tentative agreement with Warrior Met, opting to stay on the picket line for as long as it takes to get a better deal from their employer, which brought in a net income of over $300 million in 2019. The new TRNN series “Battleground Brookwood,” will cover the ongoing strike at Warrior Met Coal and highlight the struggles of mine workers and their families for safety, dignity, and respect.
Kim Kelly is a freelance journalist and organizer based in Philadelphia. Her work on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in Teen Vogue, the New Republic, the Washington Post, the Baffler, and Esquire, among other publications, and she is the author of FIGHT LIKE HELL, a forthcoming book of intersectional labor history. Follow her on Twitter @grimkim.