The United Mine Workers of America today filed papers with the Mine Safety and Health Administration designating the union as a miners' representative in the upcoming investigation into the Crandall Canyon mine disaster in Utah.
"Miners and their families want to make sure that the whole truth about the events leading up to and following the accident and rescue is revealed, and they firmly believe that the UMWA will make sure that it is," said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts. "We will do all that we can to be worthy of their trust."
Federal regulations permit the UMWA to represent the miners at any mine if two or more of them designate the union to represent them on safety issues.
"We intend to be an objective participant in any upcoming investigations in order to help prevent the recurrence of this tragedy at any other mine in the United States, and to be a voice for the miners and their families," Roberts said. "We have no further agenda in this matter."Â