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Massey Denies It Prevented Miners From Attending Funerals

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

Iram Martins
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Apr 23, 2010

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.

Iram Martins | Personal trainer. Aspiring sommelier. Brunch critic who works part-time. When I'm not competing, you'll find me at dog beaches with my black lab or sipping drinks at the best bars in town. I like to fly a lot.


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