Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Murray ordered to speak about miner complaint rights

(AP) — An administrative judge has ordered Murray Energy's CEO to speak at five company coal mines about workers' rights to file complaints with federal mine safety regulators.

Judge Margaret Miller also ordered a $150,000 fine before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

The order says CEO Robert Murray gave speeches to West Virginia miners last year saying complaints lodged with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration must be sent to management.

The speeches followed complaints by United Mine Workers of America miners that led to citations at Murray mines.

Miller wrote last week that the practice would remove anonymity from complaints and dissuade a miner from making complaints.

Company spokesman Gary Broadbent called the decision clearly wrong and said Murray plans to appeal immediately.