Massey Offers Gas Money To Miners

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Coal mine operator Massey Energy has
turned to free gasoline as it fights to attract and retain workers.

Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship says Massey is giving
employees $80 a month for gas. During a Friday conference call with
analysts, Blankenship said Massey is also setting work schedules a
year in advance and has doled out two raises in 2008 to ward off
labor shortages at mines in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky.

Earlier, Massey began offering guaranteed three-year contracts
to individual miners.

The efforts seem to be working: Blankenship says the turnover
rate at underground mines is down 10 percent from a year ago.

Massey is the second major coal operator to offer gas money.
Abingdon, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources started doling out gas
money last May.

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  • by sandy Location: wheelwright on Aug 4, 2008 at 07:52 PM
    I think it's good gas cards are given to coal miners .but if thay give them more money on the hour then thay can use the gas card to take there family to get food.what good is a gas card if you have no money for food


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