United Mine Workers http://wkms.org en Judge Sides with Patriot Coal, Miners Plan Protests http://wkms.org/post/judge-sides-patriot-coal-miners-plan-protests <p></p><p>The United Mine Workers of America plan to appeal a court ruling that will significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees, including many in Kentucky.</p><p>On Wednesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States approved Peabody Energy Corp. spin-off Patriot Coal’s request to impose wage and benefit cuts by throwing out its collective bargaining agreements with the UMW. Union spokesman Phil Smith says the battle is far from over, however.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 22:18:57 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 31827 at http://wkms.org Judge Sides with Patriot Coal, Miners Plan Protests Western Kentucky Coal Miners Could Lose Benefits in Bankruptcy Case http://wkms.org/post/western-kentucky-coal-miners-could-lose-benefits-bankruptcy-case <p></p><p>A pending federal bankruptcy court decision could affect thousands of Kentucky mine worker benefits.</p><p>Patriot Coal Corporation, which operates two mines in Union and Henderson counties, wants to modify their collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Workers Association. Patriot will replace all health care benefits for retirees with a Voluntary Employee Benefit Association trust. Patriot doesn't plan to replace the health insurance program for current employees.</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 17:54:10 +0000 John Null 31568 at http://wkms.org Western Kentucky Coal Miners Could Lose Benefits in Bankruptcy Case UMWA Protests Potential Loss of Health Benefits http://wkms.org/post/umwa-protests-potential-loss-health-benefits <p></p><p></p><p>Members of the United Mine Workers of America and other unions rallied&nbsp; in St. Louis today. Hundreds of United Mine Workers and supports marched through the streets of St. Louis today as part of a rally in front of the corporate headquarters of Peabody Energy. Miners are protesting the potential loss of health benefits. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:34:30 +0000 Jeff Williams 28037 at http://wkms.org UMWA Protests Potential Loss of Health Benefits Hopkins County Magistrates Side with Union in Patriot Coal Bankruptcy Case http://wkms.org/post/hopkins-county-magistrates-side-union-patriot-coal-bankruptcy-case <p>Three Hopkins County magistrates have aligned themselves with a union’s effort to move a coal company's bankruptcy case to a coal producing region despite legal advice to stay out of the matter. In July, Patriot Coal filed for bankruptcy in New York – an area far from coal producing regions.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:43:31 +0000 Whitney Jones 22333 at http://wkms.org Hopkins County Magistrates Side with Union in Patriot Coal Bankruptcy Case