Monday, January 02, 2006

On the career of Jackie Stump

The Roanoke paper has this retrospective on the legislative career of Jackie Stump, the UMWA official who has given up his seat as delegate on account of medical issues.

The article says in part:

"Stump, 59, was a key United Mine Workers Association leader during the union's 11-month strike against Pittston Coal Co. during 1989 and 1990. It was the union's first sit-down strike since the 1930s, as union members and supporters let themselves be arrested for sitting in roads to block Pittston coal trucks.

Stump was among those arrested, which may have made him the only Virginian to have gone almost directly from incarceration to a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates."

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