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On April 27, 1978, a concrete cooling tower at a power plant being constructed on Willow Island in West Virginia, collapsed, killing 51 workers. This was one of the largest industrial disasters of the era, another symbol of the lack of attention to workplace safety in the United States. The 1970s saw the construction of […]
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Strikes Work

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On February 19, 2019
Boom! West Virginia's educators just won their strike! A few minutes ago, they forced the House to kill the Republicans' pro-privatization bill, 53-45. Strikes work — check out this video of the celebration. pic.twitter.com/S9yn8LvB0S — Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) February 19, 2019 Worker power is the most effective way to make immediate change. These West Virginia […]

The Wages of Coal

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On December 9, 2018

West Virginia definitely needs to double down on coal: Each morning Tina Coleman turns her faucet, she waits to see what color the water will be when, or if, it flows out. Some days it’s blue or gre

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The West Virginia Strike

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On March 2, 2018
I suppose I should have a hot take about the West Virginia teachers strike. I do and I don’t. My take really isn’t that this fulfills whatever preconceived talking points I have about labor and solidarity, which is probably why I’m kind of bad at punditry and why I find book writing more successful than […]
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This is a reburial site for the some of the unknown workers killed building the tunnel at Hawk’s Nest in West Virginia. I’ve written about Hawk’s Nest in the Labor History series, so I won’t repeat every detail. The short version is that when building a diversion tunnel for a dam in 1930, white supervisors […]
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