UMWA Members Approve Patriot Coal Settlement

Michael Calhoun
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UMWA Protestors outside headquarters of Peabody Energy

UMWA Protestors outside headquarters of Peabody Energy

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Mine workers might finally have a contract, but it doesn’t mean they’re done protesting.

Members of the United Mine Workers of America voted 85-percent yes to approve the deal, which rolls-back many of the wage and health care cuts previously ordered by a bankruptcy judge.

But, spokesman Phil Smith says, it does not affect plans to slash retiree benefits, “We will be in front of Peabody’s headquarters if we need to be. We’ll be in the courts. We’re gonna be doing whatever we need to do until Peabody and Arch recognize it’s time to live up to the obligations they have to these people.”

Smith says that Peabody and Arch, two St. Louis companies which spun off Patriot, had promised lifetime health care benefits to retirees.

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