The Mine Safety & Technical Review Committee
The Coal Forum is a working board under the auspices of the Mine Safety & Technical Review Committee (TRC). The TRC was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 1986 with the passage of HB 2183. The committee is comprised of two chairmen: one is recommended by, and represents, the UMWA, and one is appointed to represent coal operators. Currently those two representatives are Fred Tucker, a retired UMWA official, and Chris Hamilton, Vice-President of the West Virginia Coal Association.
General responsibilities of the TRC include:
The West Virginia Coal Forum
The West Virginia Coal Forum was created in 1986 under the auspices of the Mine Safety & Technical Review Committee and at the direction of the West Virginia Legislative Committee on Coal Mining. This body was created to establish a forum for the coal industry to jointly resolve or develop technical and other issues impacting the industry, particularly those issues of an economic nature, or of major significance to the coal industry. The Forum also provides a means for management and labor leaders to develop joint legislative issues and programs and to promote the coal industry.
The Forum is comprised of legislative leaders, UMW district and local officials, mine operating personnel and other management representatives. The Forum is given direction and substance from a planning steering committee which meets quarterly. Northern and southern sub-groups were formed to work on regional or local issues of importance to both labor and management.
Examples of activities which the Coal Forum has been engaged in are as follows: