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UMWA Rallies Against Patriot Coal , Will Strike If They Have To
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 11, 2012 @ 7:05PM
Created on September 11, 2012 @ 6:10PM
The United Mine Workers of America are showing no signs of backing down at rally in Charleston over retiree benefits for employees of Patriot Coal, Arch Coal, and Peabody Coal. They said they would strike if they had to.

Metronews reports it's over decisions from Arch and Peabody. They say the Saint Louis based companies intentionally established Patriot Coal as a subsidiary in 2007 then quietly moved all of Arch and Peabody retirees under Patriot.

Patriot filed for bankruptcy a few months ago, union leaders say that was the plan from the start. UMWA President Cecil Roberts said at the rally that only 5 percent of pensioners who are retirees of Patriot Coal ever worked for the company.

The union members openly talked about a strike if necessary. They say benefits of union and non-union members are at stake. The UMWA is also calling for a venue change for the court proceedings in Patriot's bankruptcy case. They argue it should happen in Charleston Federal Court instead of a federal court in New York City, so their voices will be heard.

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