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Patriot Bankruptcy
5:11 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

30 Arrested During UMWA Protest In W.Va.

Thirty people have been arrested during a United Mine Workers of America protest that included Alabama miners against Patriot Coal in West Virginia.
Credit United Mine Workers of America

Thirty people have been arrested during a United Mine Workers of America protest against Patriot Coal in West Virginia.


UMWA President Cecil Roberts and AFL-CIO Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker are among those arrested.


The UMWA says 5,000 people attended Tuesday's protest in Fairmont.


They came from Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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The Picture Show
2:49 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W.Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.
Courtesy of Earl Dotter

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 11:26 am

When I was little, my mom bought me a book of photos: Lewis Hine's Kids at Work, a softcover volume made for kids my age at the time. Seeing images of barefoot boys in cotton mills and toddlers picking fruit was my first encounter with the power of photography. I couldn't believe kids my age worked so hard — and in such dangerous conditions.

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