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Warrior Met Coal strike reaches one year mark, possibly longest in Alabama history: ‘We didn’t want to do this’

Source: March 31, 2022   “We didn’t want to do this.”   United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil Roberts said the words in thinking back on the last year, one day short of the first anniversary of the union’s strike against Warrior Met Coal.   It is believed to be the longest […]

82 Year Commemoration of the Willow Grove Mining Disaster

Source: March 20, 2022   BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO (WTRF)- It has been 82 years since the tragic Willow Grove Mine accident. On March 16, 1940, an explosion ripped through the Willow Grove Mine, taking the life of 72 workers. To honor the lives that were lost, family and community members gathered at the mine […]

Energy startup to bring electric battery factory to W.Va.

SOURCE: AP DATE: 3/17/22 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The energy startup SPARKZ said Thursday it plans to build an electric battery factory in West Virginia in 2022 that will employ at least 350 people. The company will partner with the United Mine Workers of America to recruit and train dislocated miners to be the factory’s […]

Miners vs. Wall Street: Strikes in the Era of Asset Management Capitalism

SOURCE: NPQ DATE: March 16, 2022 “It’s difficult to tell your children that you can’t do things because you are not at work right now, you are on strike…It’s not fair. They exploit our work. They work us on skeleton crews…Then we get to watch them sit in the office and make $4 million dollars […]

‘It’s beyond disrespectful’: W.Va. coal miners call for no vote on mine safety bill

SOURCE: DATE: February 28, 2022   CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — Some West Virginia coal miners say their safety is in question with a proposed bill that would affect how mine safety is regulated. House Bill 4840 made its way out of the House of Delegates Government Organization Committee and landed inside the chambers. The […]

House holds hearing on state mining office, most speakers oppose changes

SOURCE: WV MetroNews DATE: February 28, 2022   CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Multiple speakers at a House of Delegates public hearing Monday challenged a proposal on the state Office of Miner’s Health Safety and Training, sharing concerns about how changes could affect miner safety. House Bill 4840 would shift the agency’s goals from enforcing and executing […]

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