National Miners Day 2015

Event Date: 
December 06, 2015

December 6 is National Miners Day, designated by Congress to honor the mine workers of today and yesterday, whose contributions have helped make America strong.



Mining has a long and proud tradition in the United States which continues to this day. About 366,000 miners today extract nearly 100 different kinds of minerals from the earth, including coal, gold, copper, silver, granite, limestone, granite, salt, gravel, and many more. They work in every one of the fifty states, and provide the raw materials for heat, electricity, roads and bridges, and countless consumer products, from electronics to cosmetics. Even toothpaste is composed of minerals obtained by miners.

On National Miners Day, MSHA salutes the men and women who have chosen the occupation of mining, and we rededicate ourselves to doing all that we can to protect their safety and health.

Read Assistant Secretary Joe Main’s column about National Miners Day.
Read “A Nod to Our Nation’s Miners – Yesterday and Today” on the Department of Labor blog.

We encourage others to join us in honoring miners on this day, by using of any of the materials provided below freely in your own communications.

A miner walking his child home