The Federal Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the American Association of Miners to pay $13 million in compensation to an Alabama coal company whose workers have been on strike for more than a year. On Wednesday, the union said it would appeal the decision.
According to the fines committee, Warrior Met Coal Mining owes about $13.3 million in safety and handling costs and lost revenue. Nearly $30,000 was awarded to individuals for vehicle damage. Both amounts include interest. The union, which has about 1,100 members, has been striking against the Alabama-based company since last April. Now they consider the NLRB’s decision outrageous.
“Is it federal government policy for unions to pay company losses if its workers exercise their labor rights? This is outrageous and effectively nullifies the workers’ right to strike. It can’t stay that wayInternational Federation President Cecil E. Roberts said:
The Union and the Warrior Met blamed each other for the protracted strike, which began on the company’s mining operations southwest of Birmingham. The two sides even held talks with each other last week.
According to the United Mine Workers, union members waived money to save the company from Walter Energy’s bankruptcy six years ago, and workers demanded better health benefits. Warrior Met says it has offered workers a competitive package that protects jobs and the company. (News letters)
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