Conspiracy Any union workers here?

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  1. Stew Nod

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    Lotta poor man make a five dollar bill
    Will keep him happy all the time
    Some other fellow's making nothing at all
    And you can hear him cry

    Can I go, buddy, can I go down
    Take your shift at the mine
    Gotta get down to the Cumberland mine
    That's where I mainly spend my time

    Make good money, five dollars a day
    If I made any more I might move away

    Lotta poor man got the Cumberland Blues
    He can't win for losing
    Lotta poor man got to walk the line
    Just to pay his union dues

    I don't know now, I just don't know
    If I'm going back again
    I don't know now, I just don't know
    If I'm going back again
     
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    Hard-fought era ends as last union coal mine in Kentucky closes
    Retired union leaders worry the history of deadly gun battles will be forgotten and conditions will deteriorate.

    BY DYLAN LOVANTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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    Coal miners return on a buggy after working a shift underground at the Perkins Branch Coal Mine in Cumberland, Ky., on Oct. 15, 2014, The Associated Press

    DEADLY BATTLES

    The shots fired at Dixon’s home recall the even deadlier organizing battles of the 1920s and ’30s, many in Harlan County.

    One ambush shooting in 1937 ended with the death of union organizer Marshall Musick’s 14-year-old son, Bennett, when “a shower of bullets tore through the walls of the house,” according to union leader George Titler’s book, “Hell in Harlan.”

    Organizing battles raged in Appalachia throughout the last century, most notably the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain in West Virginia, where thousands of striking miners fought a shooting war with law enforcement and replacement workers, ending in dozens of deaths. One year earlier, 10 people had died in Matewan, West Virginia, in a skirmish over eviction notices served to miners who had joined the union.

    PICKET LINE DANGERS

    Johnson, who appeared in the film when he was 22 years old, returned this summer to the scene of his first picket line arrest along state Highway 38 in Harlan County.

    He had stood there, near the Highsplint mine entrance, with other union members and gasped as state troopers set up a machine gun across the street. After about four hours of noisy picketing, a tall trooper stuck a baton between Johnson’s legs and raised it up to his groin.

    “We just came to lend them a hand that day, and ended up going to jail,” said Johnson, now 63 and battling health issues.

    Johnson, Dixon and union leaders worry that the union’s disappearance in Kentucky has opened the door for coal operators to lower worker standards.

    “When the coal industry rebounds to the extent that it does, and non-union operators take a look around and see that there’s no union competition, and they’ll see that they can begin to cut wages, they can begin to cut benefits, they can begin to cut corners on safety, they’ll do that,” said Phil Smith, a national spokesman for the miner’s union.

    Smith pointed to operations run by former Massey Energy chief Don Blankenship, who closed union mines in the 1980s and now faces criminal conspiracy charges in the 2010 deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that killed 29 workers.

    But industry leaders argue that higher wages and safer mines in recent decades have reduced the desire for workers at non-union mines to organize.

    “Anymore, I just don’t think there’s that level of discontent between the company and working coal miners, which I think is a very good thing,” said Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, an industry group.

    Bissett said mines have become safer despite the union’s diminished presence in Kentucky. “We’re in some of the safest time in the history of U.S. mining right now and a time when the UMWA is at their lowest level,” he said.
     
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    :lol:

    Those fuckers were definitely overpaid

    [paste:font size="6"]Coal Mine Worker Salary
    Personalized Salary Report »Show Annual Salary


    National Hourly Rate Data (?)
    $0$15$30$45
    Hourly Rate

    $11.74 - $28.92


    Hourly Tips

    $0.50


    Overtime

    $21.76 - $43.28



    National Annualized Data (?)
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    $0.00 - $6,128


    Total Pay (?)

    $24,127 - $65,181


    Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
     
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    Nope. I'm the man.
     
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    Boss man? :jj:
     
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    Unions are dead
     
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    yup. company trash.
     
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    In the 90s the local electrical union had 76 % of the work in the area. Now it has 23%
     
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    Lol
     
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    What is cost of living in the sticks?
     
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    Fuck a union right in the pooper
     
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    Local 483 btw
     
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    You couldn't get me down in a fucking mine for $30 an hour union or not.
     
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    We all gotta make out bones somehow :)
     
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    Liuna Local 183 here..

    Love my vacation and and retirement fund.
     
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    The guys we use from the local pull 50 or more an hour...worth every penny
     
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    You realize death was a normal part of the work day for coal miners, before unions of course
     
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    Im just saying the local 102 is like a morgue these days
     
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    Mad Jelly
     
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    Death is a part of everyones day at some point