Bennett Hatfield

Coal
12:54 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Western Kentucky Coal Miners Could Lose Benefits in Bankruptcy Case

A pending federal bankruptcy court decision could affect thousands of Kentucky mine worker benefits.

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.

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