Resolutions

Resolution: Opposition to Gov. Justice’s Response To COVID-19

May 17, 2020 – State Executive Committee

A Resolution in Opposition to Gov. Justice’s Response To COVID-19

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization since March 11, 2020;

WHEREAS, the State of West Virginia has a disproportionately higher proportion of at risk individuals among its population, primarily the elderly and immune-compromised, compared to the other States of our Union;

WHEREAS, a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a lack of testing, and a lack of contact tracing have all led to an increase in the number of cases; and

WHEREAS, essential workers have not been justly compensated for work environment hazards, and many non-essential workers have become unemployed and are faced with an insecure financial future;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party stands in full support with a worker’s right to a reasonably safe workplace and be compensated with appropriate hazard pay should they face the risk of potential workplace exposure; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party advocates for the general welfare of the people by means of adequate financial assistance to the unemployed and working-class families, during this time of crisis and insecurity;

BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party opposes Governor Jim Justice’s plan to reopen the economy of West Virginia, until such time that competent medical authorities deem the threat has passed.

Resolutions

Resolution: Support for UAW Workers

September 29, 2019 – State Executive Committee

A Resolution of Support for UAW Workers

WHEREAS, the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) membership is on strike in response to worker conditions in General Motors, et al., since September 16, 2019;

WHEREAS, workers have lacked job security and struggled financially, leading many to have trouble paying their mortgages, electrical bills, and groceries; and

WHEREAS, workers have taken a stand, limiting production and transportation of cars from making their regularly-scheduled deliveries;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party hereby unequivocally supports the rights of these workers to engage in civil disobedience that directly impacts their employer’s ability to continue to profit off their labor; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party stands in full support with a worker’s right to unionize at their workplace; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party endorses projects of mutual aid to offset the expenses of General Motors, et al., employees.

Resolutions

Resolution: Support for Laid Off Blackjewel Miners

August 4, 2019 – State Executive Committee

A Resolution of Support for Laid Off Blackjewel Miners

WHEREAS, the Blackjewel coal company has filed for bankruptcy on July 1, 2019; and

WHEREAS, former employees of Blackjewel have struggled financially with recoupment of weeks’ worth of back pay, leading many to have trouble paying their mortgages, electrical bills, and groceries; and

WHEREAS, Blackjewel, as every other mining company in Kentucky is presently, is a non-union company; and

WHEREAS, former employees of Blackjewel have inspired the nation by blockading railroad tracks, preventing coal cars from making their regularly-scheduled deliveries; and

WHEREAS, former CEO Jeff Hoops has been forced to resign in Blackjewel’s bankruptcy deal, yet this has not dissuaded him from building a $30 million resort in Cabell County;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party hereby unequivocally supports the rights of these workers to engage in civil disobedience that directly impacts their former employer’s ability to continue to profit off their labor; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party stands in full support with a worker’s right to unionize at their workplace; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party endorses projects of mutual aid to offset the expenses of Blackjewel’s former employees.