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Sept. 17, 1989
The ten-month Pittston Coal strike began on this date, as 98 miners and a minister occupied the Pittston Coal Company’s Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbo, Virginia. The strike began after Pittston terminated health benefits for retirees, widows and disabled miners. State troopers were called in to arrest strikers after violent conflicts erupted, yet the struggle barely made the news the United States. Arguably the most militant strike of the time, the United Mine Workers (UMWA) engaged in a variety of actions, ranging from a nonviolent takeover to mineworkers blockading the road into the plants, leading to their arrest. The United Mine Workers (UMWA) ultimately won, and the Pittston strike became one of the few labor victories of the 1980s.
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FMCSA Rule Change Would Put Road Safety at Risk
Updated On: Aug 16, 2019
Aug. 15, 2019 | HOURS OF SERVICE | A proposed rule change unveiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this week addressing hours of service changes for truckers would lead to reduced roadway safety for drivers and the traveling public at large, said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa in a statement. “While we continue to review these proposed regulatory changes by the FMCSA, the Teamsters have serious concerns about what we have seen thus far when it comes to these hours of service reforms. In an effort to increase so-called ‘flexibility’ for trucking companies, the FMCSA is abandoning safety and allowing drivers to push themselves to the limit even further. Changes for short-haul truckers…” Teamsters
 
 
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