TRIANGLE, Va. — The United Mine Workers of America elected International President Cecil Roberts to a sixth term, the union announced Wednesday.

“I am extremely humbled by this great honor the membership has bestowed upon me, and I stand ready to continue to live up to the tremendous responsibilities that come with this office,” Roberts said in a statement.

According to Roberts, the biggest challenges union members face is securing pensions, job security and on-site protection.

“Wiping out American coal jobs won’t stop other countries from using coal to generate power. America must take the lead in developing technologies that will allow for the continued production of electricity with coal while reducing and eventually eliminating carbon emissions,” he said.

International Secretary-Treasurer Levi Allen was elected to his first full term.

Allen, a Moundsville native, began serving as international secretary-treasurer in July 2017. He is the youngest secretary-treasurer in UMWA’s history at 37 years old.

Gary Trout will be international district vice president for District 12, which includes southern West Virginia, southern Ohio, eastern Kentucky and Virginia. Rick Altman will serve as international district vice president for District 31, which includes northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

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