June 2, 1990 |
The uranium mine is shut now. Has been for years. Air compressors, tools, coils and pulleys are rusting on the ground. Yet the men who once worked the mine continue to die. Lynn Frederick toiled in this mine and was happy to get the work until it closed in 1966. Each morning he would leave before sunrise and work deep underground, operating the heavy water drill and carving out chunks of rock from inside the mountain. Now, Lynn Frederick is missing a lung.
April 5, 1991 |
The Labor Department said it has found widespread fraud in the coal industry by mine operators who repeatedly tampered with the coal dust samples used to gauge miners' risk of black lung disease. A 20-month investigation uncovered about 4,700 alleged instances of tampering at about 850 underground coal mines, Labor Secretary Lynn Martin said. The department proposes that a record $5 million in fines be levied against 500 companies for alleged tampering at mines in 16 states.
February 20, 1990 |
Appalachian coal miners voted nearly 2 to 1 to ratify their contract with Pittston Coal Group, union officials announced today. The vote ends a bitter 10-month strike that served as a rallying point for the American labor movement. Pittston employees in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky voted 1,247 to 734 in favor of the pact. Sixty-three percent of the striking miners and laid-off workers endorsed the contract and 37% opposed it, according to figures provided by the United Mine Workers.
February 20, 1990 |
Appalachian coal miners voted Monday on a contract with Pittston Coal Group that could end an acrimonious 10-month strike that drew international support from labor organizations. United Mine Workers Vice President Cecil Roberts planned to announce the result of the vote this morning at the union's southwest Virginia district office, UMW spokesman Gene Carroll said. A simultaneous announcement was planned at the AFL-CIO convention in Miami. James Hicks, president of Local 1259 in Cleveland, Va.
May 4, 2006 |
A state mining inspector's shouts during the Sago Mine disaster might have been what led the relatives of 12 missing miners to believe they had all been found alive, he told a public hearing Wednesday. "I don't recall the exact words I used," said Bill Tucker, an assistant inspector at large for the state Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training. "I was just screaming out for help. I think I may have said 'They're alive.'
May 3, 2006 |
"Did our dad have to die?" Peggy Cohen wanted to know Tuesday as mine safety regulators opened an emotional public hearing on questions surrounding the January disaster that left 12 men dying deep inside the Sago Mine. Relatives of the other miners followed her to the microphone, some clutching framed photos of the victims. "We assure you, Mr. Politicians, that we're not going to let this rest," said John Groves, whose brother Jerry Groves was among the victims.