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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Labor unions used to cooperate and support shared goals of better working conditions and increased benefits for members. There has been a noticeable change in that policy recently.

The United Mine Workers of America found that even though it supported President Obama and gave him money and union votes, it ended up getting the shaft. Through his Environmental Protection Agency, Obama began his war on the coal industry.

The EPA forced coal-fired power plants to shut down and put new, massive restrictions on surface mining, costing union jobs. The UMW finally had enough and went to D.C. to protest these devastating policies.

And where was the support for the UMW from the other unions that blindly condoned all of Obama's policies? Where was the brotherhood? Their silence was pretty revealing.

The least they could have done was give the UMW some friendly advice: The last miner out of the coal mine, please turn out the lights!

Walter Oliver

Penn Hills

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