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Miners reach retiree settlement with Patriot Coal

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.

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Today in labor history: Labor journalist Mary Heaton Vorse is born

 

She reported on the Lawrence textile strike, the steel strike of 1919, the textile workers strike of 1934, and coal strikes in Harlan County, Kentucky. After reporting on the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, N. C., in 1929, she wrote her famous novel, "Strike!"

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Senator: Coal mine owners treat workers as "property"

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.

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Miners encircle Peabody coal company's headquarters

"This is a struggle for all that is good and decent in our country," Steve Earle, UMWA District 12 vice president, told nearly 2,000 mine workers.

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Today in labor history: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

On August 28, 1963, Maryland police reported, "By 8 a.m., 100 buses an hour were streaming through the Baltimore Harbor Tunne" heading for Washington, D.C.

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Join LA "listening session": Working people must be heard!

The AFL-CIO, in advance of its September convention, has issued a call for "listening sessions," a way for working people and allies to come together and add their creative ideas and strategies.

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Judge OKs Patriot Coal plan to renege on miners' pensions

A federal bankruptcy judge in St. Louis has left Patriot Coal's retirees - whom it inherited from Peabody Energy and Arch Coal - high and dry, and said Patriot could dump its union contracts, too.

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An open letter to the coal companies

Positions of authority, millions of dollars of personal wealth, slick public relations consultants, $1,000 per hour lawyers, privilege, and power cannot conceal the true purpose of this bankruptcy.

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Sixteen arrested in W.Va. after 11,000 march on Patriot Coal

The actions, organized by UMWA, were in support of the union's campaign to save health care for retired miners and win better wages, benefits and working conditions for miners on the job.

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Trumka: AFL-CIO to undergo wide-scale revamp

The revamp will meet the conditions of changing workplaces, extend labor's reach, and shift its emphasis within the federation to more inter-union and regional cooperation.

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