newtocoaljon wrote:then I've had a couple of the minors say they can bring me a load in their truck for $14 a ton, I haven't asked anyone to get it for me at the cheepest price because I'm afraid they could loose their job since the price is for the employee of the mine and not to resale.
I don't think they would...
When I did a tour at the Black Thunder Mine in Wyoming, they had a spot where employees could come and load up coal "for home use" the Supervisor told us. He said it was the smaller bits of coal that the power companies preferred not to get.
A few moment later we watched as a Mine Truck rolled by carrying 300 tons on its back and some of the load fell off. It is hard to say how many tons that it was because of the size of that truck and having nothing to compare it too, but I figured it was about 20 ton or so, so I said, "You must scrape that up with a grader and haul it to the crusher at the end of the day?" And he said that it was just waste. They figure if it is not running off three sides then the truck is not loaded (and they did this in 4 scoops of the front hoe).
I said that would heat my house for the rest of my life and he just laughed and said, "I never really thought about it like that before."
I really doubt they would fire en employee for selling that coal...it is probably looked upon as being a fringe benefit.