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February 21, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The future of the labor movement may very well rest in the hands of a man who was sitting over a paper plate piled with spaghetti, amusing his audience by twirling a napkin in his ear, then hamming it up with a wink and a goofy grin that would make any teenager cringe. He'd been working for 12 hours already, but AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had every reason to be giddy. Ohioans had just voted down a law that restricted collective bargaining for public workers, and the American labor movement was savoring a rare victory.
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NEWS
February 9, 1988
United Mine Workers members overwhelmingly backed a five-year contract that provides small wage increases and greater job opportunities for laid-off miners, union officials said. Officials said that with two-thirds of the eligible local unions reporting, the membership had accepted the agreement by more than a 2-1 margin.
OPINION
December 9, 2011
The federal report on last year's West Virginia coal-mine explosion that killed 29 miners describes company managers so consumed by greed that they created a second set of books to hide safety problems, intimidated employees into staying silent about on-the-job hazards and called ahead to sections of the mine where inspectors were headed so that dangerous conditions could be hurriedly hidden. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration trumpeted its record-breaking, $209-million settlement this week with Alpha Natural Resources, the company that bought the Upper Big Branch mine from Massey Energy Co. after the accident.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1989 | From Times wire services
Thousands of West Virginia coal miners today continued a wildcat strike--hundreds of them in defiance of a federal judge--and the walkout spread to Virginia. About 650 Westmoreland Coal Co. miners in southwest Virginia walked off the job this morning, company spokesman Steve Anderson said. The wildcat action began Monday when an estimated 10,000 miners in West Virginia walked out in support of 1,600 fellow United Mine Workers who have been on strike in Virginia and West Virginia since April 5 against Pittston Coal Group, the nation's largest coal exporter.
BUSINESS
June 27, 1989 | From Times wire services
A federal judge today ordered 43,000 coal miners in nine states to end their wildcat strike and go back to work. U.S. District Judge Dennis Knapp issued the indefinite restraining order against the United Mine Workers at the request of the National Labor Relations Board. Nearly 43,000 miners in 10 states have conducted wildcat strikes in sympathy with 1,900 UMW members on strike against Pittston Coal Group since April 5. On Monday, all 350 striking miners in Missouri went back to work.
BUSINESS
March 3, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Coal Strike Ends: The United Mine Workers union ended its month-old strike after reaching agreement with the nation's largest coal operators on the terms of a 60-day contract extension. The agreement will extend the expired 1988 contract until May 3, the UMW said. The union went on strike against Peabody Holding Co. subsidiaries Feb. 2 after the two sides bogged down over the union's demand for information on the operators' corporate structure.
BUSINESS
November 27, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Philip Morris Cos. raised its figure for planned job cuts under its previously announced restructuring plan to 10% of the 168,000 total work force, up from 8%. . . . Fieldcrest Cannon said it completed its tender offer for Amoskeag Co., its controlling shareholder, and adopted a "poison pill" aimed at thwarting any hostile takeover effort. . . . Alltel Corp. said its Alltel Mobile Communications Inc.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2010
Richmond, Va.-based Massey Energy Co. is the largest coal producer in central Appalachia, operating 47 underground and surface mines in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. It was founded in 1920 as a coal brokering business and began mining operations in 1945. In 2009, Massey reported coal revenue of $2.3 billion and recorded net income of $104.4 million. Massey reported employment of 5,851 at the end of 2009. The company has repeatedly fended off organizing drives by the United Mine Workers of America and the union currently represents 76 Massey employees, union spokesman Phil Smith said.
NEWS
December 5, 1993 | FRANK FISHER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
"Scab Alley" marks the demilitarized zone. The dusty gravel road, christened by union officials, winds through prairie and pine forest, past miners' shacks and campfires, ending at a gate of the Arch of Illinois mining complex. On one side are hundreds of striking coal miners. On the other are the security guards hired to keep them away. For the guards behind the gate, standing watch over Scab Alley is a job that puts them on war alert every night.
BUSINESS
November 27, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Philip Morris Cos. raised its figure for planned job cuts under its previously announced restructuring plan to 10% of the 168,000 total work force, up from 8%. . . . Fieldcrest Cannon said it completed its tender offer for Amoskeag Co., its controlling shareholder, and adopted a "poison pill" aimed at thwarting any hostile takeover effort. . . . Alltel Corp. said its Alltel Mobile Communications Inc.
BUSINESS
March 3, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Coal Strike Ends: The United Mine Workers union ended its month-old strike after reaching agreement with the nation's largest coal operators on the terms of a 60-day contract extension. The agreement will extend the expired 1988 contract until May 3, the UMW said. The union went on strike against Peabody Holding Co. subsidiaries Feb. 2 after the two sides bogged down over the union's demand for information on the operators' corporate structure.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1990 | From Associated Press
A national energy policy promoting the use of coal could have helped prevent the Persian Gulf crisis, the president of the United Mine Workers said today at the convention marking the union's 100th anniversary. "The only reason characters like Saddam Hussein have any power at all is because of the oil they have--oil we could have replaced years ago with coal mined in the United States and Canada," UMW President Richard L. Trumka said of the Iraqi leader.
NEWS
October 15, 1989 | From Associated Press
Labor Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole on Saturday said she would soon appoint a "super mediator" in a new effort to end the coal field dispute between Pittston Co. and the United Mine Workers union. A day after she visited strikers and company officials in Virginia coal towns, Dole presided over a 90-minute session in her office with Pittston Chairman Paul Douglas and UMW President Richard L. Trumka, marking the first time the two had met since the strike began six months ago.
NEWS
July 11, 1989
A three-day cooling-off period called by the United Mine Workers was shattered almost as soon as it began. The owner of a security agency working at a non-union mine in Boomer, W. Va., said about 150 people ambushed his employees around dawn, injuring several guards. An explosion along a road near Nora, Va., damaged an office trailer owned by Clinchfield Coal Co. In Matewan, W. Va., union supporters confronted a convoy of non-union coal trucks.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
Sporadic gunfire Wednesday in the coal fields of Virginia and West Virginia ended a lull in wildcat walkouts by at least 37,000 miners in eight states who ignored a federal judge's order to refrain from strike activities. Hundreds of United Mine Workers members from six states clogged Virginia roads used by coal truckers for Pittston Coal Group Inc., the company at the heart of the wildcat sympathy strikes. Four coal trucks were peppered with gunfire in West Virginia and Virginia, police said.
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