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    "The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people."
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    :: Monday, March 05, 2007 ::

    Shafted - Ken Ward Jr.
    Under pressure from miners’ widows and their allies in Congress, President Bush signed a mine-safety bill last June. It provides for better-trained rescue teams, more oxygen supplies underground, and stiffer fines for safety violations. But for an industry that has lost more than 104,000 workers to accidental death since 1900—and continues to lose scores more every year—it will surely not be enough.

    Accidents happen
    There are a couple of versions of an old coalfield maxim. One says that mine-safety laws are written in the blood of miners; the other that dead miners make the best lobbyists. Both are true.
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