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Standing up for mine safety in Richmond

May 19, 2010

On May 17 and 18, over 1,000 UMWA members, family members and supporters converged on Richmond, Va., the home of Massey Energy and site of the company's annual shareholder meeting. The issue: the tragic and continuing record of fatalities at Massey operations.

First up, a candlelight vigil remembering the 52 people killed on Massey property since 2000, including the 29 killed at the Upper Big Branch mine on April 5, 2010. As the names of the dead were read by Pres. Roberts, a miner turned out a cap light on their hard hat.

Photos below:


Candles at candlight vigil

Lighting the candles.

Miners walking

Miners with cap lamps approaching the ceremony.

Arlene Holt-Baker

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker attended and raised her candle in memory to all those killed at Massey operations and in workplaces across America -- 14 every day.

Cecil Roberts at vigil

President Roberts read the names of the 52 people killed on Massey Energy property since 2000.

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