ALABAMA’S STRIKING COAL MINERS ARE UPPING THE ANTE

Warrior Met Coal has tried to beat the strike with court orders and scabs, but coal miners are marching on with a cautious but deliberate offensive.

(Real News Network) Hundreds of coal miners at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, have been out on strike since April 1, 2020—and, as the strike nears its second anniversary, the struggle has started heating up again. It’s been a knock-down, drag-out fight for 19 months; during that time, recalcitrant coal bosses have refused to negotiate a fair contract with the miners, who are represented by the United Mine Workers of America, and the story has grown into a sprawling epic powered by solidarity, punctuated by moments of violence, and propelled by corporate greed. Last week in the Alabama backwoods, with the late-autumn heat still hanging in the air, the miners opened up a new chapter in their long struggle, and I was on hand to bear witness.

When I got a series of cryptic text messages from some of my UMWA contacts telling me that something big was happening, I knew…

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