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nemesis

United States

#21 Apr 28, 2010
I was a union man all my life, until Cecil Roberts got through with me in the 88' Massey contract. He signed my mine away, sold my job and retirement, and my hospital card. He refused to let us see what he signed, would not let us vote on it, and had a judge seal the documents. The mines are still running scab today under Massey. Union mines are safer, but you sure better watch your back side, if Cecil is running the show. In my book, he'd suck rotten eggs.
yeah hello

Charleston, WV

#22 May 3, 2010
yea wrote:
Go ahead and vote in the union,
take a pay cut 23.91 an hour and than subtract
union dues 68.54
strike asmt. 23.61
International asmt. 10.00
dental 2.00
Able to complain to deaf ears priceless
Geez no wonder all these union people want the other mines to go union..Either they are jealous of what those miners get paid, or they think if the other mines go union, that their dues and fees will drop. This pay is a drop in the bucket after you deduct all that "junk"..compared to what my husband makes! And I honestly DO NOT believe that the union mines are THAT much safer..if AT ALL!
retired miner wife

Jackson, TN

#23 Oct 22, 2010
My husband worked in a union mine for 36 years and it was the best thing he ever did. Our future is with great insurance and Rx. are free. Can you say that? He is able to enjoy retirement because of the safe mines the UMWA made sure he worked in. Look at he track record of nonunion mines vs. union mines with cave ins and hazardous work coditions. UMWA is the miners voice in the mines.
Jennifer

Rock Creek, WV

#24 Oct 22, 2010
Yellow ribbon was tied on my car go striking miners.
In the day when union mines ruled around here you didn't pass the pick line without your ribbion. It wasn't just jack rocks they would rock your car and few other things. Ask any retired miner from the union at prenter

Since: Jun 10

Hansford, WV

#25 Oct 22, 2010
Jersey girl wrote:
<quoted text>DON'T BE SCARED EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE UNION JUST THINK OF ALL THE OUR BROTHERS!! ALL 29 LIFES WAS TOOK BECAUSE THE MINES THEY WERE WORKING AT WAS NOT BE TOOK CARE OF BECAUSE THERE WAS NO UNION!!! THOSE MEN WERE JUST NUMBERS FOR MASSEY "THEY NEED TO PUT HIM IN PRISON. MONEY WILL NEVER BRING THIER LOVE ONES BACK THAT WAS TOOK FROM THEM BECAUSE NEGLIGENT ON BEHALF OF DON BLANKENSHIP ME HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE MINERS FAMILYS GOD BLESS ALL ALL OF YOU. I AM UNION AT HARRIS #1 I hope you all go union all the way!!
I WAS JERSEY GIRL BEFORE I WAS CG83. UNION IS NUMBER #1. BUT OUR UNION IS NOT LIKE IT USE TO BE.I'M FOR UNION ALL THE WAY! BUT I DO SEE THE MEN SUPPORT THIER FAMILYS!! God Bless Our Miners.

Since: Jan 10

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#26 Oct 22, 2010
Country Girls 83 wrote:
<quoted text>I WAS JERSEY GIRL BEFORE I WAS CG83. UNION IS NUMBER #1. BUT OUR UNION IS NOT LIKE IT USE TO BE.I'M FOR UNION ALL THE WAY! BUT I DO SEE THE MEN SUPPORT THIER FAMILYS!! God Bless Our Miners.
I would never have admitted to being such an illiterate twit.

Since: Jun 10

Hansford, WV

#27 Oct 22, 2010
Rudy Waltz wrote:
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I would never have admitted to being such an illiterate twit.
Yeah!I wouldn't be as dumb as you were. by putting on here your feelings for mikey workman. don't say it is a lie because you had it on marie gunnoe old forum. now how do you like this. no one can come on here unless you stick you big nose in it. SOME PEOPLE COME INTO OUR LIVES AND LEAVE FOOT PRINTS ON OUR HEARTS.OTHERS COME AND INTO OUR LIVES AND MAKE US WANT TO LEAVE FOOT PRINTS ON THIER FACE AND YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.

Since: Jan 10

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#28 Oct 22, 2010
Country Girls 83 wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah!I wouldn't be as dumb as you were. by putting on here your feelings for mikey workman. don't say it is a lie because you had it on marie gunnoe old forum. now how do you like this. no one can come on here unless you stick you big nose in it. SOME PEOPLE COME INTO OUR LIVES AND LEAVE FOOT PRINTS ON OUR HEARTS.OTHERS COME AND INTO OUR LIVES AND MAKE US WANT TO LEAVE FOOT PRINTS ON THIER FACE AND YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.
Whatever you say Bambi.

Since: Jun 10

Hansford, WV

#29 Oct 22, 2010
Rudy Waltz wrote:
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Whatever you say Bambi.
Whatever you say Rudy!! IT IS CG83 NOT BAMBI.

Since: Jan 10

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#30 Oct 22, 2010
Country Girls 83 wrote:
<quoted text>Whatever you say Rudy!! IT IS CG83 NOT BAMBI.
Whatever you say bambi.
Bobbie

Charleston, WV

#31 Dec 13, 2010
I think all union miners are lazy people who want something for nothing. It takes 30 of them to do a job that should only take 1 or 2 people. Wouldnt surprise me if the people at the BBM were going in to change a light bulb.
Hush

Charleston, WV

#32 Dec 13, 2010
Let me settle this debate with some simple logic. Every coal mine...the entire coal industry...every piece of coal mining equipment...all of it...should be destroyed by intense fire and heat.

“Do unto others before”

Since: Apr 10

They do unto you

#33 Dec 14, 2010
Hush wrote:
Let me settle this debate with some simple logic. Every coal mine...the entire coal industry...every piece of coal mining equipment...all of it...should be destroyed by intense fire and heat.
your opinion matters very little.
u tried

United States

#34 Dec 14, 2010
dirty wrote:
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I work union and if they are smart they will stay non-union.
is that u Droop Howell???
Jessco Remembers

Charleston, WV

#35 Dec 14, 2010
Wasn't Westmoreland #17 a Union mine in 1980 when it explosed killing five union miners. What did the union do to help them?? As far as Granny Karen if it wasn't for the union you could not have held down a job. It was because of miners like you is the reason the union is weak today. They had to hire two miners just to help you do your job becasue you were constantly complaining about your working condititons.
Effcoalminerz

United States

#36 Dec 14, 2010
By god boys im a union official. ALL YOU COAL MINERS ARE HILARIOUS. I THINK SAGO AND UBB WAS SOME GREAT ENTERTAINMENT, TOO BAD THINGS LIKE THAT DON'T HAPPEN MORE OFTEN!!! I HOPE ALL OF YOU GET CAUGHT IN A MINE FIRE/COLLAPSE OR AT LEAST A LAYOFF!! ALL OF YOU GIVE THE STATE OF WV A BAD NAME!! I SPIT ON YOU AND THE GRAVES OF YOUR FELLOW MINERS!!!

Since: Jan 10

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#37 Dec 14, 2010
Effcoalminerz wrote:
By god boys im a union official. ALL YOU COAL MINERS ARE HILARIOUS. I THINK SAGO AND UBB WAS SOME GREAT ENTERTAINMENT, TOO BAD THINGS LIKE THAT DON'T HAPPEN MORE OFTEN!!! I HOPE ALL OF YOU GET CAUGHT IN A MINE FIRE/COLLAPSE OR AT LEAST A LAYOFF!! ALL OF YOU GIVE THE STATE OF WV A BAD NAME!! I SPIT ON YOU AND THE GRAVES OF YOUR FELLOW MINERS!!!
Still trying too hard.

“Do unto others before”

Since: Apr 10

They do unto you

#38 Dec 15, 2010
Effcoalminerz wrote:
By god boys im a union official. ALL YOU COAL MINERS ARE HILARIOUS. I THINK SAGO AND UBB WAS SOME GREAT ENTERTAINMENT, TOO BAD THINGS LIKE THAT DON'T HAPPEN MORE OFTEN!!! I HOPE ALL OF YOU GET CAUGHT IN A MINE FIRE/COLLAPSE OR AT LEAST A LAYOFF!! ALL OF YOU GIVE THE STATE OF WV A BAD NAME!! I SPIT ON YOU AND THE GRAVES OF YOUR FELLOW MINERS!!!
union official my azz. maybe an official azzhole.
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Alien

Charleston, WV

#40 Jan 3, 2016
I still can't believe that the rank and file of the UMWA still backs Cecil Roberts after he threw the union's support behind Oboma.
PISTOL PACKER

West Hamlin, WV

#41 Jan 10, 2016
The union is weak.Why? Well its the people that make the union.Way to many SCABS and not enough UNION people.You younger people work NON UNION .You people are so far in Debt that you are so scared of losing your Job. Every scab company in WV should be shut down.Take this a run with it.

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