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Owner Of W.Va. Mine Where 29 Died Slams Union

Publication Date: 
July 19, 2011
Canadian Business

A working paper by Professor Alison Morantz, which addresses whether union coal mines are safer than non-union operations, is cited in this Canadian Business article.

The United Mine Workers of America says a notice the new owners posted at a West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an explosion last year is a standard industry tactic aimed at discouraging attempts to unionize.

The union knows about the memo that Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources posted at the Upper Big Branch mine, discouraging unionization on the day it bought Massey Energy, UMW spokesman Phil Smith said Tuesday.


"I construe these results as evidence for a 'real' union safety effect in U.S. underground coal mining," author Alison Morantz wrote in the Stanford Law School report.