TRIANGLE, Va.- The United Mine Workers of America has reached a global settlement with Peabody Energy and Patriot Coal that will provide funding of more than $400 million to cover future health care benefits for retirees affected by the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal.
WASHINGTON (PAI)-The nation's coal mine owners "so victimize" their workers that the workers "come as close to being property as anyone I can imagine," a leading congressional advocate for the miners says.
Pacific Maritime Association, a coalition of corporate shipping giants, locked out 10,500 longshore workers today in 2002.
"We do work hard for very little. You can't go far on $8.87 an hour." Laura Lyn Clark toils more than 100 hours a week.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said that labor's attempt to reach out to every worker in the country was going to require effort on the part of unions.
The union is continuing its fight for retired miners and their families in the courts, in Congress and through community action.
WASHINGTON - The presidents of the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers and Unite Here have asked congressional Democratic leaders to redo the 2010 health insurance law to prevent firms from converting workers from full-time to part-time jobs, and then dumping the workers from health insurance.
The AFL-CIO is upset by the latest health care development: a one-year postponement of another key section, the employer mandate.
Now, four months before the law's mandated state insurance exchanges launch, it appears that while some union members will benefit, others face potential harm.
TRIANGLE, Va. (PAI) - Workers at Patriot Coal Co., which is now undergoing bankruptcy reorganization, will have to prepare for a strike authorization vote after firm managers walked out of talks on a settlement on June 12, the Mine Workers said.