10 Arrested: UMWA Members Protest Outside of Peabody
Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on February 14, 2013 @ 11:45AM
Created on February 13, 2013 @ 6:54PM
UMWA miners, retirees, and their families were back at Peabody Energy Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri Wednesday morning to protest what they said are the company's attempts to cheat retirees out of their health care benefits. A total of 10 people were arrested including UMWA Secretary Treasurer Dan Kane.
The group was just there in late January to protest the company's treatment of retired miners. UMWA President Cecil Roberts was among 10 members who were arrested during that protest. Last July, Patriot Coal, which was created by Peabody, filed for bankruptcy.
Patriot executives argue that because the company is bankrupt, they shouldn't have to provide health care to retired miners. UMWA members said they were promised health care benefits in exchange for a lifetime of hazardous work.
"We will be returning to St. Louis again, and again, and again, until Peabody and Arch Coal decide that they're going to live up to the obligations that they made to 10,000 retired coal miners, they're descendants, and their widows," said Phil Smith, UMWA Communications Director.
About 1,000 people marched in Wednesday's protest.
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