Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Mr. Richard Stickler was sent a Petition for Rule making on Statutory Rights and Training.
The West Virginia Mine Safety Project, the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalities, and the United Mine Workers have petitioned for rights of the miners by providing not only training but yearly refresher courses, neutral trainers, protecting miners from discrimination, and the spelling out of materials and rights so as not to be misconstrued as past laws and regulations have been.
Nathan Fetty, an attorney with the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment.
“MSHA needs to beef up its training requirements.” “We’ve represented miners for years when it comes to enforcing workplace safety
Wes Addington, an attorney with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center. said
“We’ve represented miners for years when it comes to enforcing workplace safety
rights. We’re always struck by how the regulatory scheme is stacked against miners in this respect...If miners got the information that Congress intended in the Mine Act, they would be in a much better position to speak out about unsafe conditions – and get those conditions corrected."
UMWA International Secretary-Treasurer Daniel J. Kane stated,
“The best way for miners to learn about their rights is through safety and health training provided by their local union safety committees and the UMWA Department of Occupational Health and Safety but since not all miners are yet members of the UMWA, we support this effort and join with these organizations in this petition. Miners who work at nonunion mines are not getting the information they are supposed to get. MSHA needs to take this action to ensure that they do."