Throughout National Native American Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Native Americans have made to the labor movement and toward expanding the rights of working people. Today's profile features Alex Osif of the Mine Workers (UMWA).
Alex Osif worked for Peabody Coal Company for more than 30 years at the Black Mesa and Kayenta mines on the Navajo and Hopi reservations. He has served his union in numerous positions, including as a member of the Health and Safety Committee, recording secretary and, currently, president. Osif is also very active in helping miners with black lung issues.