UMWA in Action
UMWA President Roberts calls for â€œnew directionâ€ from Bush Administration for MSHA head
October 2, 2006
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
â€œThe rejection by the United States Senate of President Bushâ€™s nomination of Richard Sticker to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health - for the second time in as many months - should send a clear message to the administration that this is the wrong man for the job.
â€œAmericaâ€™s coal miners need a person in charge at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) who has demonstrated a true commitment to better mine safety and health throughout their career. As a former mine manager and company executive, Mr. Stickler does not fit that bill.
â€œWhen a person spends the vast majority of his career working to increase production and improve the bottom line, it follows that enforcing safety will become a secondary priority. Thatâ€™s been our experience with Mr. Stickler in the past, and we have been given no reason to change our opinion.
â€œAfter the Senateâ€™s double rejection of Mr. Stickler, it would be especially irresponsible and insulting for the administration to give him a recess appointment to this position or to name him as the Acting Assistant Secretary.
â€œPresident Bush has an opportunity now to send a bold message to coal miners throughout America that he truly does care about them and their safety by appointing someone with a strong background and a demonstrable record of working to improve mine safety and health. Now is not the time for yet another industry hack to be in charge at MSHA.â€
United Mine Workers