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Coal Miner On Fighting For Benefits: We Have ‘No Choice’ | NBC News Now

Coal Miner On Fighting For Benefits: We Have ‘No Choice’ | NBC News Now


WE TALKED TO A COAL MINER FROM THE STATE ABOUT HIS FIGHT FOR THE STATE ABOUT HIS FIGHT FOR BENEFITS. BENEFITS.>>IT WILL NEVER BE LIKE IT WAS,>>IT WILL NEVER BE LIKE IT WAS, I DON’T THINK. I DON’T THINK. WITH THE EPA AND THE WITH THE EPA AND THE TREE-HUGGERS, WE CALL THEM. TREE-HUGGERS, WE CALL THEM. IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE LIKE IT IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE LIKE IT WAS. WAS. WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT KEEPING WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT KEEPING WHAT WE HAVE. WHAT WE HAVE. THAT’S A BURDEN. THAT’S A BURDEN. THERE’S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF THERE’S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF RETIREMENT YOU GET. RETIREMENT YOU GET. WHAT WE DO HAVE, YOU KNOW, WE WHAT WE DO HAVE, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO KEEP. HAVE TO KEEP. WE ARE NOT POLITICIANS. WE ARE NOT POLITICIANS. WE ARE COAL MINERS. WE ARE COAL MINERS. IT’S A SHAME WE HAVE TO COME TO IT’S A SHAME WE HAVE TO COME TO THIS TOWN TO GET WHAT WE WORKED THIS TOWN TO GET WHAT WE WORKED FOR. FOR. 33 YEARS. 33 YEARS. I HAVE A LOT OF DISABILITIES. I HAVE A LOT OF DISABILITIES. I DON’T NEED. I DON’T NEED. IT’S RIGHTFULLY OURS. IT’S RIGHTFULLY OURS. EVERYBODY MAKES PROMISES. EVERYBODY MAKES PROMISES. SOMEBODY NEEDS TO FOLLOW THROUGH SOMEBODY NEEDS TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEM. WITH THEM. THAT’S IN BAD SHAPE. THAT’S IN BAD SHAPE. DRUGS. DRUGS. IT’S TAKEN OVER THIS THING. IT’S TAKEN OVER THIS THING. THEN YOU HAVE GRANDMOTHERS THEN YOU HAVE GRANDMOTHERS TAKING CARE OF GRANDKIDS. TAKING CARE OF GRANDKIDS. MONEY IS TIGHT. MONEY IS TIGHT. I DON’T LIKE DOING THIS. I DON’T LIKE DOING THIS. BUT WE HAVE NO CHOICE.


Reader Comments

  1. If you were truthful.
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    Even off the Record.that I'm not smart enough for all this codes yet and you gave me someone to help

  2. It's not just coal miners. Most companies have considerably cut benefits and salaries have not kept pace with inflation and housing prices. Lack of labor unions is the likely culprit.

  3. So nobody in the coal industry saw the need for change in the last twenty years? Not one person in a responsible position within the coal miners union was able to forecast the need for change in energy? Shame on you. Peace

  4. You have a choice every 2 too 4 years. Vote these people out. Tell your brothers in Kentucky to vote out the leaders that is not helping! You have one person in the United States holding it all up. Mitch McConnel.

  5. These people are still fighting for jobs that cut their lives short! Sad! How about stop voting Republican against your interest!

  6. Coal mining is a declining industry, and has been for over 100 years. People in coal country need to wake to that reality. It's the duty of all those people affected to elect public officials who are wise enough to address the needs of Appalachia with a vision beyond coal. Beautiful parts of the West are strewn with abandoned towns. Those people didn't want to leave their beautiful land either. Pulling up roots is hard, but the alternative is often a sub-subsistence standard of living. That's the choice many Appalachians will have to make, just as many families in the Midwest rust-belt states had to do in a post-industrial world. Do you move or do you ride it out? If you stay expecting things to improve, is that based on reality of future economic prospects or wishful thinking on your part? One thing I do know; without the help of elected officials willing to stand up and defend workers' rights and strong unions, nothing will ever improve for most U.S. workers. The mining companies won't protect you, the corporations don't care about you, and "benevolent" capitalists aren't going to save you.

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