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UMWA remembers the Upper Big Branch disaster

April 5, 2013
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[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“As we mark this third anniversary of the terrible tragedy at Upper Big Branch, let us first and foremost keep the families of the victims in our hearts and prayers. Their grief is never-ending, their loss is still as raw as it was that terrible day.

“It is a travesty that we have reached this point so long after this tragedy occurred and Congress still has not done anything to improve mine safety and health laws, so that other families won’t have to suffer as the Upper Big Branch families have.

“We heard repeatedly in the weeks, months and years after the disaster that action would be taken in Congress after all the facts about what caused it were in. That proved to be false. Miners and their families need more than lip service from congressional leadership, they need action.

“As the criminal investigation continues to climb the corporate ladder at the former Massey Energy, miners everywhere continue to hope that those responsible not just for the conditions that led to the blast itself are brought to justice, but also that those who created and condoned the corporate culture of putting production first and safety last are charged, tried and sent to jail as well. They bear the ultimate responsibility for this tragedy.”

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