Post Tagged with: "Miners"

Rockefeller: Coal Mine Owners Treat Workers As ‘Property

WASHINGTON —The nation’s coal mine owners “so victimize” their workers that the workers “come as close to being property as anyone I can imagine,” a leading congressional advocate for the miners says. In remarks Oct. 1 to the National Consumers League, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., added the only worse recent treatment by owners of workers that he could think […]

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CWA PRESIDENT LARRY COHEN (center) and MINE WORKERS PRESIDENT CECIL ROBERTS are among those led away in handcuffs in the latest protest against Patriot Coal’s use of bankruptcy laws to dump health benefits owed to retired miners.

More Peaceful Sit-Downs, More Peaceful Arrests In Anti-Peabody Energy, Anti-Patriot Protests

ST. LOUIS —It’s getting to be a regular thing. Every month, thousands of unionists, led by the Mine Workers, gather in St. Louis, or West Virginia, or New York City, to protest the bankruptcy proceedings involving Patriot Coal Co., the underfunded spinoff of giant Peabody Energy. Peabody deliberately set up Patriot to (a) dump retired miners’ health care costs on […]

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MSHA: Mine Deaths, Injuries Fell In 2012

WASHINGTON —Deaths and injuries in the nation’s mines, including its coal mines, fell in 2012 to some of their lowest recorded levels, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported. MSHA released its preliminary data on the eve of the third anniversary of the worst recent disaster, the April 2010 explosion and fire that killed 29 coal miners at West […]

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