Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will tour the Federal No. 2 mine on Tuesday, Aug 4, one of a couple dozen mines operated by Patriot Coal.Â DOL’s press announcementÂ said she’d beÂ joined by officials from MSHA, the UMWA, WVÂ Governor Joe Manchin and Congressman Alan B. Mollohan.Â The event includes the tour, examining a rescue chamber on theÂ surface and meeting:
“with miners employed by Federal # 2 for a roundtable discussion.”
The Charleston Gazette’s Ken Ward is reportingÂ that journalistsÂ will not beÂ allowedÂ on the mine tour and canât attend the meeting with miners, but the SecretaryÂ will be available for the media (i.e.,Â âmedia availabilityâ) in theÂ afternoon.Â He writes:
“…I wasÂ told that media werenât allowed in the meeting with miners because workers wouldnât be comfortable talking freely in front of a bunch of reporters or TV cameras.Â Â OK, fine. But I was also told that Secretary Solis was going to allow Patriot Coal officials to sit in on that meeting â¦ now, you gotta wonder â how much more comfortable are the workers going to be complaining about safety issues if their bosses are sitting there listening?”
Read Ward’s entire post “Labor Secretary coming to WV coal mine”.