miners

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.

United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard told the crowd that every union is threatened if Patriot gets away with shedding legacy costs and breaking promises.

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

Jul 9, 2012

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.