Tony Boyle

John Kennedy’s introduction to the Black Lung Association in LaFollette, Tenn.

John Kennedy describes his introduction to the Black Lung Association in LaFollette, Tenn. The organization’s primary functions were twofold at the time. First, supporting legislation that would secure black lung benefits for coal miners, and along with it, providing legal aide in addressing miners’ claims. Second was union reform, which involved supporting Arnold Miller’s campaign …

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On the United Mine Workers’ internal power struggle: Jock Yablonski and family’s murder, 1969

John Kennedy describes the deadly repercussions of severe conflicting political interests and struggle for power within UMW ranks, leading to the murder of Jock Yablonski and his family in 1969. Yablonski had opposed Tony Boyle’s re-election as Union President and lost, but retained his seat on the Board and was still considered a threat. Kennedy …

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On miner’s limited access to health and/or legal support for Black Lung Disease management

John Kennedy describes the initial inundation of legal clinics with Black Lung cases, due largely to nonexistent dust control in underground mines and extremely limited access to physicians and lawyers who could help with disease management. He provides further insight into the issue by discussing the indifference of United Mine Workers (UMW) under the leadership …

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