Two weeks before the presidential election, then-Senator Barack Obama sent a letter to John Gage, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO. The “failure to ensure mine safety” has been “one of the worst disasters of the Bush administration,” he wrote. “I will appoint a Secretary of Labor who…will protect working Americans and their families… In my Department of Labor, the Administrator of Mine Safety and Health will be an advocate for miners’ safety and health, not for the mining companies’ bottom lines. Our mine safety program will have the staffing and the enforcement tools needed to get the job done.”
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