Over 1,000 union coal miners at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, have been on strike since April 1. New TRNN contributor Kim Kelly gives an on-the-ground report breaking down what these workers are striking for and how the community is rallying behind them.
Over 1,000 union coal miners in Brookwood, Alabama, have been on strike since April 1. While industries around the world depend on the coal these workers pull out of the ground, few know the toll this work takes on them, their bodies, and their families.
Miners at Warrior Met Coal sacrificed and made concessions when the company they worked for went bankrupt in 2016. Now that the mines are more productive than ever and bringing in more profits, they’re being asked to give up more.
Striking Alabama coal miner Mike Wright says workers at Warrior Met Coal are taking their calls for fair pay and benefits to the NYC headquarters of their company’s biggest investor: BlackRock.
From fundraising and stocking the strike pantry to marching side by side with their spouses, the wives of striking coal miners in Brookwood, Alabama, have been a vital, unsung force behind the ongoing strike at Warrior Met Coal. This is their story.
Union coal miners in Brookwood, Alabama, have been on strike for nearly six months. While corporate media has largely ignored their struggle, independent journalist Kim Kelly has been with them from the beginning.
Union coal miners in Alabama have been on strike for over five months, facing financial hardship and physical assault on the picket line, but workers say they’re prepared to hold out for as long as it takes to win a fair contract.
Striking workers at Warrior Met Coal and cereal giant Kellogg’s are having their legally protected right to picket stripped away by business-friendly judges, but they’re not giving up.
Alabama coal miners and their families have been on strike against Warrior Met Coal since April 1, facing violence from scab workers while courts strip their legally protected right to picket. But they’re still holding strong.
Striketober may very well be just a viral hashtag, but the growing worker militancy it invokes is unmistakably in the air. The critical task now is to help workers win their struggles against the bosses and address the systemic barriers that make winning so hard.