As miners strike continues, allegations of violence grow

Miners Strike

<p>By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson</p><p>The Brookwood community remains fractured as the battle between the <a href=”https://umwa.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>United Mine Workers of America</a> and employer <a href=”http://www.warriormetcoal.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Warrior Met Coal, Inc.</a> continues, and the company says union workers are going too far with their tactics.</p><p><a href=”http://investors.warriormetcoal.com/news-releases/2021/10-25-2021-120028352″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>According to a news release issued Oct. 25 by Warrior Met</a>, the miners on strike have been blocking the public entrance and exit to mining facilities, and current mine workers say they’re being attacked when they pass by the strikers. In some cases, those workers say they’ve been injured and had their vehicles and property damaged.</p><p>As shown in a video posted to <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkB3n5UHnuI” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Youtube on Oct. 25 by an account named Warrior Met Coal Facts</a>, protestors are shown standing in front of vehicles attempting to pass the picket line, knocking out drivers’ windows and using pepper spray on drivers attempting to pass.</p><p>Brookwood Mayor Jay Barger said it’s an issue affecting the city as a whole.</p><p>“It has put more stress on our police department and the citizens are concerned for their safety,” Barger said. “Those are the issues we are seeing right now.”</p><p>In the news release, Warrior Met is calling on the UMWA to change their tactics and halt the violence to maintain public safety.</p>

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