Her Name is Janet

...Or Smartass, if you were to ever ask my mom. If only she'd had the foresight.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Contact Sago Mine Here: www.intlcoal.com, contacticg@intlcoal.com

Sooooooo.....3 years in the back pocket of a sweaty giant wasn't quite so useless afterall.

True, I was badgered.
True, I was pummelled.
True, I brought some of it on myself.
But today, what's important, is that true, I was a filter.

Like a kidney?


The damp pocket happened to be attached to the president of, among other things, a big ol' coal mining company. And I, as his closest minion employee, filtered his mail and determined which letters landed squarely on his big,(self) important presidential desk; and which kinds got routed indefinitely.

It's worth mentioning that if, way down at the very bottom of the page, in smallish font, "c: PRN newswire" appears, said executive will sit straight up in his chair. He might even pale a little.

The wire thing aside, which is pretty funny witnessed firsthand, please take away this bit: Once a letter makes it to a presidents' desk, it cannot be ignored, it must be acknowledged.

Other tidbits learned: certain kinds of information are legal and legitimate to share with the public. The contact information for coal mining executives that isn't published publicly?


Linking to a company's website?

That's just free advertising.

I'll bet they'd be grateful to hear from you, if, say, you are inclined to share your thoughts about their company's safety practices. Why else would they provide their email address???

I happened to write a very polite letter tonight. It's just a warm up for what I'll be composing to Mr. Hatfield in next day or two. This one's directed to the two senior vice presidents responsible for the mine conditions and employee safety.

Dear Messrs. Kitts: (they happen to have the same last name!)

The egregious negligence you repeatedly allowed at the Sago mine that lead to the deaths of your employees is morally criminal.

As senior vice presidents responsible for mining, and the state of West Virginia, respectively, your work is compensated generously because you possess superior knowledge and skills (theoretically) to:

1. Produce coal for the benefit of your customers;
2. Create profit for ICG, and;
3. Safely lead subordinate employees in dangerous work.

It is overwhelmingly and tragically obvious that, after numerous and serious MSHA citations, the safety of your employees is the least of these priorities.

Setting up a $2,000,000 fund for the 12 families is appalling. $166,000 per family? ICG should be ashamed of such an insignificant amount. I suggest that you both, along with the other executives at ICG, contribute your bonuses and profit shares to the families who must survive without their husbands and fathers. I'm quite comfortable assuming that you have an extra financial cushion; the bereaved families most certainly do not.

You may, upon reading this, resort to defensiveness and dismiss this message because I suggest something that falls completely outside your thought realm. That doesn't mean it lacks merit. Do some soul searching about the role you've played in this tragedy and what actions you will take to fix it.

Janet Sxxx
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(I also included my phone number, just in case either of them would like to contact me directly to discuss my ideas in further detail)