Ruling goes in favor of Mine Workers

A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board means jobs and back pay for more than 80 former workers at Horizon Natural Resources in Kanawha County. In the ruling, the board found that Massey Energy and its subsidiary, Mammoth Coal Company, broke the law by refusing to hire workers who had been part of the United Mine Workers of America, when Horizon went bankrupt and Massey bought it in 2004. In a statement, the UMWA president called it a victory for the workers . The companies also have to recognize the UMWA and bargain with the union, if requested, under the ruling. Alpha Natural Resources now owns the site since Alpha bought Massey last year.