Face Boss : The Memoir of a Western Kentucky Coal Miner

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Pr
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Face Boss tells a story that few people have heard: what it is really like to labor inside the dark and dangerous world of a vast underground coal mine. With unflinching honesty, as well as considerable humor and insight, Michael Guillerman recalls his nearly eighteen years of working as both a union miner and a salaried section foreman-or "face boss"-at the Peabody Coal Company's Camp No. 2 mine in Union County, Kentucky.

Author Biography

Michael D. Guillerman worked for the Peabody Coal Company from 1974 to 1991. Over his long career, his jobs included belt shoveler, timberman, shooter, drill and shuttle car operator, rock duster, and finally section: foreman. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Marie, in Union County, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Coal in Union Countyp. 1
My First Impressions of Coal Miningp. 5
Millions of Tons of Coalp. 13
Mine Constructionp. 19
Becoming a UMWA Coal Minerp. 25
Working Undergroundp. 37
Inside a Conventional Mining Unitp. 49
Coal Preparation on a Conventional Mining Unitp. 61
Loading Coal, Roof Bolting, and the Introduction of the Continuous Minerp. 71
Underground Beltlines: Conveying Coal to the Stockpilep. 81
The United Mine Workers of Americap. 87
The Coal Boom and My First Assigned Unitp. 93
The "Wild West"p. 101
My First Bossing Assignment: Hard Timesp. 109
No. 5 Unit: Good Timesp. 117
Women in the Minesp. 131
Race Relationsp. 139
Camp No. 2 Anecdotesp. 145
Labor Conflicts and Instabilityp. 173
Acid Rain Legislation and Mine Layoffsp. 181
Coal Dust Surveys and Violationsp. 187
The Big Mine Fire of 1984 and the Push to Reopen die Northp. 197
The TVA and the Alleged Camp Complex Improprieties of 1984p. 205
A New Superintendent and a Methane Ignitionp. 209
The 1985 Camp Complex Shutdown and Reopeningp. 223
A New Beginningp. 231
Super Units, Heart Problems, and an Inundation on No. 3 Unitp. 243
Squeezes on No. 3 and No. 5 Unitsp. 251
No. 2 Unit-my Lastp. 257
Epiloguep. 263
Glossary of Mining Terms and Slangp. 268
Camp No. 2 Personnelp. 281
MSHA Commentary on Camp No. 2 Mine Fire of 1984p. 289
Newspaper Articles on Alleged Irregularities at Camp Complexp. 299
Report on October 1985 Methane Ignitionp. 311
Report on March 1990 Inundation Accidentp. 317
Notesp. 323
Indexp. 337
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