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Hearts and prayers of UMWA membership with families of two miners killed in recent incidents

September 14, 2012
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[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“The hearts and prayers of the UMWA and our entire membership are with the families of two miners killed on the job in recent days, Julius Walker III on Tuesday in Alabama and William Edward Mock yesterday in West Virginia. We stand ready to assist those families in any way we can.

“Our International Union health and safety experts are participating in the investigations at both mines, so that we can find out exactly what happened and do everything possible to keep these kind of incidents from ever happening again.

“While those investigations are underway, I urge every miner to be more vigilant than ever in identifying unsafe working conditions and staying away from them. If it’s not safe, don’t do it.”

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