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1.04.2006

12 Dead Miners

The miners hadn't been "allowed" to organize a union.

In the past two years, the mine was cited 273 times for safety violations, of which about a third were classified as "significant and substantial," according to documents compiled by the Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Pray for the dead miners ... and for workers being "allowed" to organize for safe working conditions.

photography: REUTERS Haraz N. Ghanbari

14 Comments:

Blogger cjblue said...

This is just heartbreaking. Lovely tribute, M. I just hope the families of these miners aren't buried in red tape and paperwork as I fear they will be. Awful.

9:50 AM

 
Anonymous logo said...

So sad.
When will we learn?

9:54 AM

 
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

I didn't know that! Now I'm not just sad! I'm MAD!

10:04 AM

 
Blogger still life said...

That was the most heart wrenching story to read about and worse to see the victims families.

11:57 AM

 
Blogger actonbell said...

Yes, sad and heartwrenching, with the adde torture of hearing false good news, and believing it for 3 hours.

It must be one of the very worst jobs on earth.

5:15 PM

 
Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

This was an absolute tragedy... I cannot even begin to fathom what the families ust have gone through after being first told the false news. They should use it as a grounds to sue... get some compensation... f em over for not letting them unionize... It won't bring back their families, no, but it will leave a hurtful dent for those responsible as money talks...

Tragic.

7:35 PM

 
Blogger AP3 said...

Yes, I'll pray for them. I agree with actonbell -- it has to be one of the worst jobs there is.

8:03 PM

 
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

What a senseless waste. :-(

8:07 PM

 
Blogger Ben Hurl said...

This is awful. While labor unions have slowly lost national power over the past 20 years, this is indicative of the important role they could still play if they could ever cast off their propensities for disreputable practices.

I realize the tribute and mourning is what is most important at this time, but it's also worth thinking about the causes of this tragedy.

[As an aside, would you mind clicking on Republish Entire Blog next time you post? I've been digging into your archives a bit, but some of the older posts are difficult to read because of formatting weirdness. My experience with my old blog is that this is remedied by republishing the entire blog. It seems to be a function of Blogger changing its format standards over time. Thanks!]

8:59 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

re the republishing -- I'll be glad to. thanks for your interest. xoxo

9:07 PM

 
Blogger Trina said...

Thank you so much for not only acknowledging the tragedy, but also highlighting the issue of their inablilty to unionize. It amazes me, sometimes, the things that still go on in this country.

My heart goes out to the miners, as well as their families and friends.

9:22 PM

 
Blogger Kate said...

Oh hell!

Here's what I think about the miners not being "allowed" to unionize, and the NY transit workers not being "allowed" to strike:

Young Soldier: I don't know why I listen to you! Screw that captain!

Mother Courage: You listen because you know I'm right. Your rage has camlmed down already. It was a short one, and you'd need a long one.

Young Soldier: Are you trying to tell me I shouldn't ask for the money?

Mother Courage: Quite the opposite. I only say your rage won't last, and you'll get nowhere with it. If your rage were a long one, I'd say: Go ahead, slice him up. But what's the use - if you don't slice him up? What's the use if you stand there with your tail between your legs?

Older Soldier: You're quite right, he's crazy.

Young Soldier: All right, we'll see if I slice him up or not! (He draws his sword.) When he comes out, I slice him up.

Clerk: (looking out again): the captain will be right out. (A military order:) Be seated!

The Young Soldier sits.

Mother Courage: What did I tell you? Oh, they know us inside and out. "Be seated!" And we sit. I'm no better. Let me tell you of the great capitulation...

-Bertolt Brecht.

7:56 AM

 
Blogger Cait Shortell said...

Today's NPR reports on this were more horrifying news of the B administration (like B-movie)'s support of the mining companies. Worse than ever before. Before you just couldn't pierce the corporate veil. Now we have the guvment doing everything they can to aid the companies in flouting the regulations.

5:23 PM

 
Blogger Sar said...

I'm with TLP, I wasn't aware of that either, and it makes me not only sad but really angry too.

6:05 PM

 

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