Miners to Protest Patriot Coal Bankruptcy

By Associated Press | 

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Members of the United Mine Workers are planning a demonstration in western Kentucky to protest the potential loss of benefits for thousands of retired miners and their families.

The union says it will bring about 30 busloads of miners, retirees and families to Henderson to protest plans by Patriot Coal Corp. to modify pensions and health benefits.

The Gleaner reports that the protest will be held Tuesday at the Henderson County Courthouse.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Patriot can proceed with significant cuts to health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees. The miners' union is planning to appeal.

Union leaders allege that Patriot was saddled with unsustainable pension costs when its parent company, Peabody Coal, jettisoned it as a separate company in 2007.

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