Arch Coal 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