When the first family of coal miners married, it was a milestone for a generation of young Americans.
But for the Miners, the ceremony was an opportunity to rejoin the family business after the collapse of the family-owned company.
In the years since, Miners have been left with the responsibility of paying the bills, providing for the children, and paying the mortgage on their mansion in nearby Newmont, Va.
The daughter of a coal mining executive, Minnie Minnie was one of the few women to join the family’s ranks and earn a career in coal mining.
Now in her early 50s, Minie Minnie is in her late 30s, and the miner who raised her is now her husband, Stephen.
It’s a story of both the women’s careers and the success of the Miner family business, and one of how the American dream can turn into a nightmare.
The Miners are part of a small but growing number of women who have taken on coal mining jobs.
While the Minters are part-time and have not been paid for months, they have taken advantage of a loophole in the Fair Labor Standards Act that allows women to work as part-timers for a few weeks or months and then be compensated with wages paid on a permanent basis.
“They have been very fortunate in the last several years,” said Sarah Anderson, a sociologist and co-author of the new book, “Caught in the Coal Dust: The Story of the Coal Mining Industry.”
Anderson, a co-director of the Women’s Coal Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for women in the coal industry, said the Minners were lucky to find work and were well supported by their employers.
“It’s very rare that women of color are allowed to get a break on their wages,” Anderson said.
The first lady, Michelle Obama, and Michelle and Michelle Obama-Sears were among the first to have a formal wedding ceremony for their daughters, but a generation later, the trend is spreading.
According to the Pew Research Center, the number of married women with full-time jobs grew from 8 percent in 2015 to 11 percent in 2020.
Many of the women in that workforce, including Minnie, have not only gone on to earn their coal-mining jobs but also to build careers in coal-related fields like engineering and mining.
The women who are now married to coal miners, however, face a unique challenge.
The men who are not coal miners are not required to file a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service.
The fact that the Minors are still in business has given them a competitive advantage in a highly competitive industry, Anderson said, and that’s been a challenge.
“We need to get to the point where coal mining is considered something that is not only attractive to women but also attractive to men,” she said.
“That’s not going to happen with the Minions.”
Minnie Minie is a proud American.
She’s the youngest of seven children born to a coal miners father and mother.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of California at Davis, and her father is a coal-miner and the director of the National Mining Association.
Her mother, Margaret Minnie (now known as Minnie Lee), started the family company with her husband in the early 1960s.
The company’s headquarters were in nearby Woodland, Calif., where Margaret Minnais son, Steve, started a successful business of his own.
At age 27, Steve Minnie began mining coal, selling it at the nearby Wackenhut Mine.
The mines became Minnie’s livelihood, and she had the job that would later become her own.
Steve and Margaret Minnies daughter Minnie started the Minnys’ company in the late 1960s and now employs more than 150 people.
She earns about $100,000 a year, but her salary is paid on the family trust, which means she is eligible for tax breaks that help pay for the bills.
With the Minies’ business, Minni’s father and her son still earn about $20,000 annually, but Minnie also has been able to earn her own money, Anderson noted.
Minnie earns about a quarter of what a full-timer like her would make.
Anderson said that was due to the fact that Minnie got her first job in the family businesses when she was 19, and continued to work after she graduated from college in 1979.
For Minnie to continue to earn more money is a testament to her hard work, she said, adding that her family also has a strong relationship with their customers, especially when it comes to food.
The mine is an important part of Minnie and Stephen Minnie-Sear’s family.
It’s where the Minnesons first started working on