Crowd Expected at Protest of Coal Company Cuts

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HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) -- The United Mine Workers of America is planning a protest in western Kentucky over Patriot Coal Corp.'s move to end its contract and reduce wages and benefits for active union members.

The Gleaner reports that the mine workers will bring more than 30 busloads of supporters from around the Midwest and Appalachia to the Henderson County Courthouse in western Kentucky on Tuesday. A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge last week authorized Patriot to make a variety of financial moves during reorganization.

Speakers will include UMWA President Cecil Roberts and Secretary-Treasurer Dan Kanek; state Sens. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson and Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville; and state Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville.

The UMWA have already staged rallies in St. Louis, where Patriot is headquartered, and in Charlestown W.Va.

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