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looking to mine

Madisonville, KY

#1 Sep 30, 2012
do all of the mines work a lot of overtime? is it always 6 or 7 days a week? i would like to still see my family some too
saynotocoal

United States

#2 Sep 30, 2012
looking to mine wrote:
do all of the mines work a lot of overtime? is it always 6 or 7 days a week? i would like to still see my family some too
Yes, they do. Most miners are asshole deep in debt, too. They gotta work! They're either working, munching Lortabs, or sleeping. Not much time for anything else. If you can't work twelve to sixteen hours per day, six days per week....don't bother to apply. Coal companies are looking for employees who have their priorities in order. Work comes first, work comes second, and well, you've probably figured out what's third, by now. Good luck to you, my friend....you're gonna damn well need it.
Likeaminer

United States

#3 Sep 30, 2012
Thats why women like coalmines they can have big money and boyfriends on the side, it don't matter if your married or not I love my coalminer and my boys on the side! I say your wife or girlfriend will be happy for you to be a coalminer! She will only stay for the money!
LIE

Owensboro, KY

#4 Oct 1, 2012
My husband works in the mines Mon -Fri ,every now and then a Sat ,were not up to our knees in debt and third Be thankful if you do have a good job providing for your family .
jobu

United States

#5 Oct 1, 2012
I heard they never leave. Work all the time and get no time off
coal miners wife

United States

#6 Oct 1, 2012
The difference in the 7 day a week guys and the reality of what you are required to work is the debt they have. You can get all the over time you want. My husband works 5 days a week Mon-Friday and occasionally works on saturday because it is mandatory if the budget is down. But other then that he hardly ever volunteers to work on the weekend. The Saturday's they do work isn't very many. You will always get 40hrs no matter what. My husband automatically gets 50 hrs without trying. If you don't want to work hard or are not a hard worker then the mines is not a job for you!
saynotocoal

United States

#7 Oct 1, 2012
Wow, talk about some "sugar coating". You will work whatever Alliance, Armstrong, and American Coal, wants you to work.....that's the bottom line. Anything else mentioned is a complete fabrication. You will "double back", if they need you to do so. You will work as many days as they require. If, you don't think so....you'll find yourself without a job. Don't think so? Give it a try. The ones claiming they only work five days, and no overtime are either suckasses, or bosses who do WTF they want. I watched too many of 'em chugging energy drinks and chewing Lortabs to believe anything different. If you're lucky enough to be a member of the "elite" pecking order, you don't have to work like a rented mule.
Wanttoknow

United States

#8 Oct 1, 2012
Does anyone know the shifts and the hours that go along with each shift at elk creek mines?
coal miners wife

United States

#9 Oct 1, 2012
Day shift drops in at 6am and if you leave with unit they come out at 4
Second shift drops in at 3pm and if you don't work over "stay in" the unit leaves at 12
3rds I think drop in at 11pm and leave at 7am (I think)
coal miners wife

United States

#10 Oct 1, 2012
saynotocoal wrote:
Wow, talk about some "sugar coating". You will work whatever Alliance, Armstrong, and American Coal, wants you to work.....that's the bottom line. Anything else mentioned is a complete fabrication. You will "double back", if they need you to do so. You will work as many days as they require. If, you don't think so....you'll find yourself without a job. Don't think so? Give it a try. The ones claiming they only work five days, and no overtime are either suckasses, or bosses who do WTF they want. I watched too many of 'em chugging energy drinks and chewing Lortabs to believe anything different. If you're lucky enough to be a member of the "elite" pecking order, you don't have to work like a rented mule.
No sugar coating here, my husband works for alliance and has for 5 years. I will say it depends on what kind of job you have underground as far as staying in goes. I mean if your a pin man you will work more hours (I know cause my hubby pinned for 3 1/2 yrs) plenty of times he didn't get home til 5 or 6 a.m. on second shift. But he runs a miner now and is usually home at normal time unless he chooses to stay in. Yes some get treated like crap him being one of those people for a LONG time, but he's a REAL man who stuck it out to provide for me and our kids and bc it runs in his blood. Like I said before if your not a hard worker coal mining is not for you. And I will say he gets treated pretty good now considering management realized just how good of a worker he is from the dozens of guys that drop like flies. They want good, responsible, hard workers and just can't seem to find them anymore. Sounds like someone is a hater that either a) got fired or b) quit bc he couldn't handle it
saynotocoal

United States

#11 Oct 1, 2012
coal miners wife wrote:
<quoted text>No sugar coating here, my husband works for alliance and has for 5 years. I will say it depends on what kind of job you have underground as far as staying in goes. I mean if your a pin man you will work more hours (I know cause my hubby pinned for 3 1/2 yrs) plenty of times he didn't get home til 5 or 6 a.m. on second shift. But he runs a miner now and is usually home at normal time unless he chooses to stay in. Yes some get treated like crap him being one of those people for a LONG time, but he's a REAL man who stuck it out to provide for me and our kids and bc it runs in his blood. Like I said before if your not a hard worker coal mining is not for you. And I will say he gets treated pretty good now considering management realized just how good of a worker he is from the dozens of guys that drop like flies. They want good, responsible, hard workers and just can't seem to find them anymore. Sounds like someone is a hater that either a) got fired or b) quit bc he couldn't handle it
I'm retired. "Hater"? No. There's nothing to hate. It's shitty work, period. Let your hubby get injured on that miner and see what happens to him after six months. He ain't Superman, lady....as much as you enjoy touting him as such. And, he's probably one of those miner men who leaves his pin men shitty. Never could understand that type of person. And, I appreciate you making my argument for me, earlier in your post(ie: if they need you to stay). Props, for the post.
coal miners wife

United States

#12 Oct 1, 2012
saynotocoal wrote:
<quoted text>I'm retired. "Hater"? No. There's nothing to hate. It's shitty work, period. Let your hubby get injured on that miner and see what happens to him after six months. He ain't Superman, lady....as much as you enjoy touting him as such. And, he's probably one of those miner men who leaves his pin men shitty. Never could understand that type of person. And, I appreciate you making my argument for me, earlier in your post(ie: if they need you to stay). Props, for the post.
I'm not making him to be something he's not. And the pinner is the most dangerous job down there like I said he done that for 3 1/2 years so why would he do his pin man dirty? He's been there done that. I know what the mines are all about and how they act down there and how people get treated. I know he's well liked by his co workers on his unit and obviously it ain't for nothing, so apparently he does his job well and isn't a rat ;) and my comment about staying in, well I didn't mean you stay in if they need you, I meant you stay in til your job is done (so lazy people don't get to take the easy way out!) and there is times when the guys purposely slow walk to make extra money. In reality it's all about team work and gettin along with your co workers. It's a big family underground and to have a good experience you compromise with each other and look out for each other! Sure you may not want to stay in just bc your buddy does but you do it and then the favor is returned. Get a life or better yet get a job if all you have to do is sit on topix all day and you "retired" for a reason unless your just too old. And if by "crappy work" you mean the job is hard and dirty then yes your right. Life's tough get a helmet!
saynotocoal

United States

#13 Oct 1, 2012
coal miners wife wrote:
<quoted text>I'm not making him to be something he's not. And the pinner is the most dangerous job down there like I said he done that for 3 1/2 years so why would he do his pin man dirty? He's been there done that. I know what the mines are all about and how they act down there and how people get treated. I know he's well liked by his co workers on his unit and obviously it ain't for nothing, so apparently he does his job well and isn't a rat ;) and my comment about staying in, well I didn't mean you stay in if they need you, I meant you stay in til your job is done (so lazy people don't get to take the easy way out!) and there is times when the guys purposely slow walk to make extra money. In reality it's all about team work and gettin along with your co workers. It's a big family underground and to have a good experience you compromise with each other and look out for each other! Sure you may not want to stay in just bc your buddy does but you do it and then the favor is returned. Get a life or better yet get a job if all you have to do is sit on topix all day and you "retired" for a reason unless your just too old. And if by "crappy work" you mean the job is hard and dirty then yes your right. Life's tough get a helmet!
You've got a lot to learn, and a long way to go. You're the one who's gonna need the helmet. But, you are a perfect example of the mindset in this area. Thanks for playing.
helmet owner

Belton, KY

#14 Oct 1, 2012
coal miners wife tell your dumb a// husband he need to pay for his helmet
coal miners wife

United States

#15 Oct 1, 2012
saynotocoal wrote:
<quoted text>You've got a lot to learn, and a long way to go. You're the one who's gonna need the helmet. But, you are a perfect example of the mindset in this area. Thanks for playing.
Your probably like a lot of the other people on this site, nothing but a liar. Bet you've never even have set foot in a mines, and are just full of anger and jealousy cause they haven't hired you. You think you know all about it and try to learn everything you can so when the topic comes up you can look as if you've been there and done that. I know our reality of being a coal family, the dangers, the time away from family, and the war on coal so of you think I'm some idiot that puts my husbands job on display for the hype and $$$ and so called popularity your wrong! As a matter of fact I look down on those types of women, but I am proud of my husband and the job he has. I don't have to stamp a sticker on my car tho and wear the "cmw shirts" and always talk about my miner, trying to be flashy. I was with him before the job and I will be with him after the job. Thank you and have a good day
Yup

United States

#16 Oct 1, 2012
I hear elk creek is a hell hole! Long hours means no family time that's what I wont!
coal miners wife

United States

#17 Oct 1, 2012
helmet owner wrote:
coal miners wife tell your dumb a// husband he need to pay for his helmet
Im sure if he hasn't already paid for it then he will with all the taxes the government takes out of his check for welfare! Somebody always has a complaint now don't they! If yalls butts were the ones working like dogs to support your family and we were the ones mooching off welfare you'd have plenty to say about that now wouldn't you. Man up and leave the miners alone. Either you want the job or you don't, no matter what the occupation there will always be sacrifices to be made. Stop complaining and be thankful for what you have
STFU

United States

#18 Oct 1, 2012
coal miners wife wrote:
<quoted text>Im sure if he hasn't already paid for it then he will with all the taxes the government takes out of his check for welfare! Somebody always has a complaint now don't they! If yalls butts were the ones working like dogs to support your family and we were the ones mooching off welfare you'd have plenty to say about that now wouldn't you. Man up and leave the miners alone. Either you want the job or you don't, no matter what the occupation there will always be sacrifices to be made. Stop complaining and be thankful for what you have
Attention ho, much?
coal miners wife

United States

#19 Oct 1, 2012
STFU wrote:
<quoted text>Attention ho, much?
What's that suppose to mean?
MINERS WIFE

Owensboro, KY

#20 Oct 1, 2012
My husband works for Alliance at Riverview as a car driver ,they treat him very well and he does them a good job.Why must everything involving miners be negative ? my father(retired),grandfather(re tired Island Creek),husband and son have all mined coal and made a good living .
AS FAR AS LORTABS USAGE NOT ALL MINERS HAVE THAT PROBLEM MY HUSBAND WILL NOT EVEN TAKE A TYLENOL.Get over your self of Knowing it all .

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