Editorial: Coal Industry Owes It to Miners to Fund Black Lung Healthcare

By the Editorial Board: June 6th, 2018 (3) To paraphrase the late country singer Jerry Reed, executives got the coal mines, miners got the shaft. Coal company honchos are trying to dig the shaft even deeper by fighting against paying taxes the financially troubled Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. Even by the industry’s shameful labor history, this is incredibly cruel. The trust fund pays medical bills for coal miners too sick to work. An estimated 25,000 miners and dependents rely

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