UPDATE: Monday @ 2:16pm
From The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - President Cecil Roberts says the United
Mine Workers is planning a brief work stoppage at a Consol Energy
mine after what the union contends was an attempt to get miners to
badmouth Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on camera.
Roberts said the union will call the memorial period at Consol's
Blacksville No. 2 mine next week. UMW contracts allow the periods,
which halt production by allowing members a day off.
Roberts says Consol allowed a National Rifle Association camera
crew to ask UMW workers at the Monongalia County mine leading
questions suggesting Obama opposes gun ownership.
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said Monday the crew was on the property with the mine's permission and had no troubles with the
miners it interviewed.
“Our members were approached on company property by this film crew and were peppered with questions regarding Sen. Obama’s positions on guns and the 2nd Amendment,” Cecil Roberts said in a press release issued Saturday. “We’re going to talk about that, because it marks a return of the gutter politics of the past by those of the say-anything, do-anything crowd who believe they can continue to use wedge issues to divide West Virginians. They think we’re not smart enough to figure out what they’re doing.”
Coal miners from the Blacksville #2 mine in northern West Virginia will accompany Roberts at the press conference in Charleston.