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Miner

Julian, NC

#1 Sep 19, 2012
Alpha Natural Resources has identified the eight mines it's closing in Central Appalachia.
Some 400 workers are being laid off Tuesday. Another 800 layoffs are looming as Alpha shifts its business away from U.S. power plants and toward overseas steel mills.

Spokesman Ted Pile says the affected West Virginia operations are the Alloy deep mine near Powellton, the Alloy surface mine near Boomer, the Premium highwall mine near Gilbert and the White Flame Surface Mine near Wharncliffe.

The Virginia mines are Guest Mountain deep mines No. 8 and No. 9 near Norton, and Twin Star Surface Mine near Hurley.

In Pennsylvania, Alpha will close its Dora deep mine in Jefferson County.

Most workers may eventually be rehired at other locations or by replacing contractors. Only 150 won't have such opportunities.

This is from Alpha. Notice NO mentions of EPA or Obama. Read the last line all of the 1200 will be brought back, except for 150 miners. They are restructuring to export more coal to be used in steel mills.
Ałl of you wrongly informed wives/etc posting that it's Obama's fault are so wrong and need to delete your psychotic ramblings. Glad my wife is blessed with good sense to search fo the truth. God forgive the ignorant who lie and gossip. The busy bodies who judge so foolishly.
Miner

Julian, NC

#2 Sep 19, 2012
Coal will be extinct if Romney wins. Don't just take my word for it. You have a internet, research the truth. First checkout the histories of coal and oil. When one is plentiful, it is in demand and what consumers will want. This causes the other to be in. Less demand and impossible to compete with.........and this back and forth has gone on for centuries and will continue.
We don't need to be thretening others about their electricity since Va only uses 30% coal for it's energy
I'm so over being called an ignorant coal miner only because most of them are. Rise above it miners and families. Learn the truth or keep your tongues grounded.
Miner

Julian, NC

#3 Sep 19, 2012
*to compete with he fuel in demand*******
mel

Tannersville, VA

#4 Sep 19, 2012
Obama is anti-coal. He said it himself in the 2008 election. I am all for preserving the environment, but the EPA regulations are going to far. Mines are one of the few sources of a decent income in our area. We can't afford to lose more jobs. EPA nor Obama may have nothing to do with Alpha's decision, but you don't really know that. Maybe they are moving into steel because with the regulations on coal they aren't making money. It's wonderful most are going to be eventually called back to work, but what about the ones who aren't? And yes glad you and your wife are blessed with the good sense to search for the truth (probably on the internet) and believe whatever the liberal media tells you to believe. I hate when people post stuff like this... God forgive them for judging.. What are you doing with your post? I'll answer for you.... Judging/accusing others of ignorance, lies, etc. And yep your right I'm judging you back.
seriously

Pennington Gap, VA

#5 Sep 19, 2012
I really hope you don't believe this. In just a few years, coal will be a thing of the past. And 150 families is 150 too many. It's coming, get ready. My husband also works at a mines. And they are expecting layoffs any day.
mel

Tannersville, VA

#6 Sep 19, 2012
Miner wrote:
Coal will be extinct if Romney wins. Don't just take my word for it. You have a internet, research the truth. First checkout the histories of coal and oil. When one is plentiful, it is in demand and what consumers will want. This causes the other to be in. Less demand and impossible to compete with.........and this back and forth has gone on for centuries and will continue.
We don't need to be thretening others about their electricity since Va only uses 30% coal for it's energy
I'm so over being called an ignorant coal miner only because most of them are. Rise above it miners and families. Learn the truth or keep your tongues grounded.
Really nice! Most coal miners are not ignorant. Wow, you are a jerk. I bet you are a member of the union too, huh?
seriously

Pennington Gap, VA

#7 Sep 19, 2012
And how about you do some research. The 150 left without work are in this area. There are 800 more elsewhere. With more to come. If you actually think only 150 will be without work, you are dead wrong. All the contractors are affected. It's 150 company men. I'm eager to learn your opinion, if and when you get laid off. Or, since its no big deal, how about just quitting and give someone your job that will appreciate it. Mining is all some of these men know. And at some of their ages, its not easy to just start over.
Miner

Julian, NC

#8 Sep 19, 2012
Mel, Obama is not against coal. He is for safe working conditions for us and. Clean air and water for the mine's neighbor. In 08',, he stated that he'd bankrupt any co's violating the laws, NOT that he would bankrupt all coal businesses. See,, my post was about the truth about the layoffs,, yet you jump back on the conspiracy wagon and further prove my statement about peeps seeing coal miners and heir families as ignorant. You can't see the truth because you've repeated the lie so much. Oh, the only way I'll lose my job is if Romney wins, no mine will be open then. Fracking will be the new job. Get the truth peeps or stay home in November and the smart folk can save the mines.
Arch

Waxhaw, NC

#9 Sep 19, 2012
If alpha really needs to cut costs, they should start with the CEO salary. He makes several million dollars a year and flyswatter around in a multi million dollar helicopter.
Miner

Julian, NC

#10 Sep 19, 2012
All coalminers are labeled as ignorant and I said my wife is blessed, not myself. You have much cofusion understanding what u read......further proof that a few idiots like yourself make the rest of us look ignorant. FYI, You have no crystal ball to know whom or what area those 150 will be from. See how stupid u post on here.
disgusted by scabs

Chatham, VA

#11 Sep 19, 2012
mel wrote:
<quoted text>
Really nice! Most coal miners are not ignorant. Wow, you are a jerk. I bet you are a member of the union too, huh?


A scab is a scab is a filthy scab.

Proud UMWA supporter......
lee man sam

Pennington Gap, VA

#12 Sep 19, 2012
mel wrote:
<quoted text>
Really nice! Most coal miners are not ignorant. Wow, you are a jerk. I bet you are a member of the union too, huh?
i support the union. That's why you dumb azz miners are out of a job.
guesswhat

Roanoke, VA

#14 Sep 19, 2012
Miner wrote:
All coalminers are labeled as ignorant and I said my wife is blessed, not myself. You have much cofusion understanding what u read......further proof that a few idiots like yourself make the rest of us look ignorant. FYI, You have no crystal ball to know whom or what area those 150 will be from. See how stupid u post on here.
I know you said your wife was blessed and not yourself. I could tell from reading your post that you are blessed as well. Oh and I guess you are as ignorant as I am because I didn't say anything about where the 150 jobs lost would be because I don't know. I'm just going to say lets agree to disagree because in my opinion it would take a moron to vote for Obama. By the way the Union cares about the miners as much as Obama does.
UMWA supporter

Helmetta, NJ

#15 Sep 19, 2012
guesswhat wrote:
<quoted text>
I know you said your wife was blessed and not yourself. I could tell from reading your post that you are blessed as well. Oh and I guess you are as ignorant as I am because I didn't say anything about where the 150 jobs lost would be because I don't know. I'm just going to say lets agree to disagree because in my opinion it would take a moron to vote for Obama. By the way the Union cares about the miners as much as Obama does.
Unless you are a UMWA union worker, retiree, don't put down that union. Miners are taken care of exceptionally well because of the UMWA. Exceptionally well. The UMWA supports Obama! I feel strongly for the UMWA, actually the word "strongly" is an understatement. They take care of the miners, period. Again, scabs are scum of the earth in a UMWA worker's opinion. All our old coal miners know exactly what I'm talking about. They fought long and hard for their health insurance, retirement, wages, and so many other benefits. Someone who talks badly about that union is, in my opinion, very very uneducated and uncaring toward coal miners, especially the older miners who fought tooth and nail for the betterment of their fellow miners. Read the book "bloody harlan". You scabs are all alike, ruthless.
respect UMWA

Julian, NC

#16 Sep 19, 2012
An eight-hour work day in 1898.[4] The first ideas of this demand were outlined in point six of the constitution.
The union was able to achieve collective bargaining rights in 1933.[4]
Health and retirement benefits for the miners and their families was made possible in 1946.[4]
In 1969, the UMWA convinced the United States Congress to enact the landmark Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act which provided compensation for miners suffering from Black Lung Disease.
Relatively high wages for unionized miners by the early 1960's.[5]

UMWA achievements!
pills

United States

#17 Sep 19, 2012
Oh no how will the laid off minors get their pills?
lee man sam

Pennington Gap, VA

#18 Sep 19, 2012
pills wrote:
Oh no how will the laid off minors get their pills?
its miners not minors dumb azz. Ask your old lady. She takes care of the miners lol
pills

United States

#19 Sep 20, 2012
Who here can argue that there ain't a HUGE drug problem in the mines? Please somebody deny it. You can't deny it. I see them all cracked out both going in and coming out. I wish they would have laid off the druggies and kept the good men.
gagme

Morganton, NC

#20 Sep 20, 2012
Miner's wives should be out searching for a job now. Don't wait around on the inevitable to happen. Actually, you wives should be working fulltime during the whole marriage. Stay at home moms/wives are pretty much extinct in todays society. Unless you have mental or physical disabilities you should be helping your husband provide that love nest. When the wives are working, a few months layoff is much less stressful to the whole family.
ex miner

Pennington Gap, VA

#21 Sep 20, 2012
I heard alpha is fighting miners for unemployment benefits? Any word on this being true?

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