Massey Energy lost a major appeal yesterday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. The court ruled to uphold a lower court ruling that requires the Richmond-based coal company to rehire 85 union miners who lost jobs after it bought the Mammoth Coal complex in West Virginia. Massey bought the operation from… Read more »
Earlier this month we ran a series on how local businesses are using social media. In some cases, the tools are effective and cheap ways to reach targeted customers. But they can also allow any rouge individual to speak on behalf of the company. And in that sense, the battle for public opinion keeps getting… Read more »
Don Blankenship, chief executive of Massey Energy, has been tweeting away on Twitter since June 19. Massey is the nation’s fourth largest coal producer and the repeated target of protests over their mining practices in Appalachia. Last week, actress Darryl Hannah and a top NASA scientist were arrested in West Virginia at one such protest…. Read more »
For all the talk about Web 2.0 “revolutionizing” business, professionals say the rules of blogging and Twitter are almost identical to those that apply to old-fashioned, face-to-face networking. In the first of a three-part series on how Richmond businesses use social networking, RBS takes a look at Twitter to find out what sort of businesses are using it and to what end.