Massey Denies It Prevented Miners From Attending Funerals

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Charleston, W.Va. — In my piece today, I quoted the wife of a worker at a Massey Energy coal mine who said the company denied her husband’s request to take time off to attend the funerals of friends who died in the April 5 explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine.

I put in a call to Massey to ask if it was the company’s policy not to grant time off to attend funerals. Just now, I got a call back from Massey spokesman Troy Andes, who said, “We know of no instances when miners were denied a request to attend a funeral.”

It’s worth mentioning, though, that even if Massey has no policy along these lines, most of the mines are run by Massey subsidiaries that may have their own policies.

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Comment posted April 23, 2010 @ 7:03 am

Are you gonna believe one of Don Blankenship's flunkies or a miner's wife?

I've known bosses and I've known miners.

I know which one I believe.

Back in the hand-loading days, the (bitter) joke was that the company treated its mules better than its miners, 'cuz a new mule cost money, but you could always find another miner if one got killed, maimed, or just plumb wore out.

Reckon miners are still disposable, far as the Big Bosses are concerned.

My prayer for Don Blankenship and all his ilk is that God (if indeed there is a God, which I most sincerely doubt) will reward him justly and in full measure for all that he and Massey Energy have done for central Appalachia.

Not holding my breath on that…


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