The United Mine Workers of America are expected to take part in a march and rally outside Massey Energy’s annual shareholders meeting at its headquarters in Richmond, Va. The union expects about 5,000 members, family and friends to march.
They want to draw attention to the company’s troubled safety record — including the deaths of 29 miners last month at the company’s non-unionized Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. In all, 52 workers have been killed at Massey facilities over the past decade.
The union members are also demanding that Massey CEO Don Blankenship be held accountable and that the three board members up for re-election be ousted. UMWA President Cecil Roberts and Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane will present their case to the board as holders of shareholder proxies.
Good luck to the men and women of the UMWA.