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Workers install granite slabs for UBB Memorial

There are 49 comments on the Charleston Gazette story from Jul 18, 2012, titled Workers install granite slabs for UBB Memorial. In it, Charleston Gazette reports that:

Workers are installing six granite slabs for a memorial in Whitesville honoring 29 miners killed in the 2010 explosion of the Upper Big Branch mine.

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Bill-y

Ogden, AR

#41 Jul 22, 2012
My apologies for taking this off topic.

Billy
Get Ya Some

United States

#42 Jul 22, 2012
I have followed the coal industry very closely since 2005 and believe me when I say a few men get mentioned and the families get settlements just the same as these 29. Seems like everytime there is a minor or major accident it's on the news, even if it is a single miner injured. Need some examples, go over to yahoo, bing, google, whatever you use and type West Virginia Mining Accidents. Sure UBB, Sago, Monongah, etc will come up first because of the number of lives lost and the immense media coverage, but scroll lower and you will see the one here and one there start popping up too.
Its not just West Virginia either. Look at other states, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Utah, Kentucky. West Virginia just always sticks out to us because it hits so close to home and coal is such a huge source of employment here compared to other states.
enoughisenough

Charleston, WV

#43 Jul 23, 2012
I have followed the coal industry very closely since 2005 and believe me when I say a few men get mentioned and the families get settlements just the same as these 29

The UBB families were offered 3 million JUST TO START. I know someone who was killed in the mines too and their family wasn't offered NEAR that much. AND had to fight like hell in court to get what little money they recieved. You see the coal mines have lawyers who have an unnatural ability to find a way to make it the coalminer's fault when only 1 or 2 die. Thus the mines do't have to pay jack. This was just on such a large scale there was no way they could make it out to look like 29 miners fault.
enoughisenough

Charleston, WV

#44 Jul 23, 2012
If you think ALL miner's families are trwated the same way UNN families are you truely have no idea what you're talking about. Since 2005??Wow those years of experience must have taught you a lot!!! NOT
enoughisenough

Charleston, WV

#45 Jul 23, 2012
And just in case you're wondering, yes, this was a Massey mine, just like UBB. Trust me coalminers, like I said you better hope you die in a group, cus otherwise even if you're struck by lightening the coal mine's lawyers will make it YOUR FAULT
enoughisenough

Charleston, WV

#46 Jul 23, 2012
And if you think they care about your families once your gone you're lying to yourself. They passed a law in 2003 that cuts your widow's benefits off once you hit the age you would have retired. So better hope she can survive off your pension alone.
enoughisenough

Charleston, WV

#47 Jul 23, 2012
They'll even cut off their health insurance
Blondie

Elkins, WV

#48 Jul 31, 2012
enoughisenough wrote:
And if you think they care about your families once your gone you're lying to yourself. They passed a law in 2003 that cuts your widow's benefits off once you hit the age you would have retired. So better hope she can survive off your pension alone.
So what. All companies, no matter what, reduce widows benefits every chance they get. My father died when I was young and within 10 years of him dying we went from full benefits, help and support with whatever we needed to paying over $700/month for insurance and treat us like the black sheep of the company. And yes in case you were wondering this was a unionized company and my father was part of the union for 20+ years. It's an out of sight out of mind corporate world.
nemesis

Bluefield, WV

#49 Aug 1, 2012
177 citations issued, and two miners killed in two weeks. I don't think they give a damn about the miners, and I sure don't have any confidence in our elected leaders' ability to change things. If you work people like pack mules, yes, you're going to have accidents.

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