The cut line for the above article from Coal Age should read…
“Alpha Coal West Works with Cat to Eliminate More Coal Mining Jobs Through Increased Mechanization”
Tell me again why everyone still believes coal companies are job creators?
At various times through my blogging, I have pointed out that coal companies are legally bound to make a profit for their shareholders. Even staunch conservatives argue “What’s the point of a business that isn’t out to make money?” So why do people’s understanding of the coal business fall short of overhead reduction in the form of job elimination?
Coal miner’s must realize that there is a difference between a “War on Coal” and a “War on Coal Miners.” The companies, who miners believe to be their closest ally, are continuously trying to gain more productivity from their workers while cutting as much overhead as possible. Perhaps it’s time coal miners and their families realized the truth behind coal’s motivations and began fighting for themselves and the future of their children.
I for one would love to see what Appalachians can do on their own without the coal industry telling everyone what they should be doing.