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The locals cover the benefits bill for retired miners

Updated September 9

What is left out of the locals' coverage of the benefit bill for retired miners?

On today's front pages, instead of using the Associated Press' coverage (most recently, here) of the effort to pass legislation for retired miners, the local "newspapers" use an article written by their energy reporter and chief propagandist . . .

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September 08, 2016

Changing the narrative

More on the mine closure

On most days I read the paper version of the morning Intelligencer and later look at the online edition of the afternoon News-Register. While the headlines may change, the stories are frequently the same.

The important story about the closing of the Powhatan No. 6 coal mine, first run in yesterday's News-Register and then covered by this . . .

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May 03, 2016

Murray Energy to close a union mine

As usual, it's all Obama's fault

The afternoon Wheeling News-Register is reporting that Murray Energy will close the No. 6 Powhatan mine in November:

Murray Energy Corp. spokesman Gary Broadbent this morning confirmed the Powhatan No. 6 Mine will close in November, likely leaving about 430 coal miners unemployed.

Powhatan No. 6 Mine, represented by the UMWA, will be . . .

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May 02, 2016

Covering/not covering Friday's Waynesburg rally that attracted 5,000 protesters against Alpha Natural Resources

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Here is how three area papers covered Friday's scheduled solidarity march against Alpha Natural Resources in Waynesburg, PA. (Please see three posts down for the reason for the march - Alpha wants to break union contract.)

The Washington Observer-Reporter

Placement of story: front page with pictures

Headline: Thousands of miners rally . . .

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April 03, 2016

Alpha wants to break union contract

From yesterday's Wall Street Journal:

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is asking a bankruptcy judge to let it slash retiree benefits and tear up existing labor agreements with its mine workers union, warning that its survival is at stake.

Two months ago, this same company gave $12 million in bonuses to company executives.

A spokesperson . . .

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March 30, 2016

"Void, void Kiss My Ass, Bob"

You probably didn't know that the Murray Energy employee handbook has a policy against profanity

I wrote about this case back in July when this first broke. The story concerns two Marion County miners who returned bonus checks to Murray Energy and what they wrote on the backs of their checks. The International Business Times explains what happened:

Richard Harrison and Jesse Stolzenfels used to work at the West Virginia mine. In late . . .

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January 30, 2016

Reading the Sunday editorial on mine safety and the Blankenship verdict

Blaming the victims

Ever notice that when coal owners are at fault for safety violations, our local "newspapers" either ignore them, take the company line that it's really the union's fault (see Murray Energy suit against the UMWA), or editorialize that everyone is at fault. In this case, yesterday's editorial, . . .

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December 07, 2015

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