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Striking Alabama Miners Are Done Playing Nice
Updated On: Jul 15, 2021
July 14, 2021 | STRIKES | “You ain’t working tonight!” That was one of the picket line chants heard on June 15 as several hundred members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and their allies attempted to block strikebreakers from entering the Warrior Met Coal mine. With tank tops that read  “scab bullies,” supporters stood shoulder to shoulder with the miners while police pleaded for protesters to move their trucks. No one would claim the vehicles. “Who is in charge?” one of the officers asked. “Everyone,” answered Haeden Wright, president of a local UMWA women’s auxiliary unit, a close-knit group of union members’ wives and supporters. “We are the UMWA.” Police eventually towed the vehicles, but the standoff would last for hours. One miner offered a simple explanation: “This playing nice shit ain’t cutting it.” In These Times
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