Mine Workers Protest Anti-Obama Ad
- By Steven Greenhouse, The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com
Andrew Arulanandam, the N.R.A.’s director of public affairs, said that the film crew had been welcomed to the site. They interviewed a few people and left without incident.
“Union members are the backbone of the N.R.A.’s membership,” Mr. Arulanandam said. He said the protest “is clearly mischief driven by the Obama campaign.”
Thomas F. Hoffman, Consol’s senior vice president for external affairs, said the company meant no harm by letting the N.R.A. crew film at the mine. He said that an N.R.A. film crew had interviewed some miners at Blacksville No. 2 several years ago without any problems.
But the company, based in Canonsburg, Pa., was surprised by the work stoppage. “We were disappointed that the whole thing came out the way it came out,” Mr. Hoffman said.
Mr. Hoffman said that Consol asked the N.R.A. not to use any of the interviews done at Blacksville in any future ads, and he said the N.R.A. had agreed. He said the union went ahead with its work stoppage even though it had been informed that the interviews would not be used."