UMWA Union Not Alone in Outrage Over Patriot Bankruptcy Decision


Contact: Alyssa Cocchi

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Missouri ruled in favor of Patriot Coal in its effort to eliminate collective bargaining agreements with its workers, a move that would effectively rob thousands of retired and active workers and their families of the retirement health care benefits they were promised.

Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Today’s decision favors corporate greed over honest, loyal work. These workers have given years of service and have risked their lives in the coal mines, only to see the benefits they were promised stripped away. They deserve our support.

It is hard to imagine anything more unpatriotic than what Patriot Coal and its founding companies are doing. This represents the worst type of corporate abuse in America. Companies like Peabody Coal are raking in billions in profits, while leaving their own workers high and dry.

This simply should not happen in America. All of us have a moral obligation to demand that our leaders in government, in business, and in the court system protect these workers and their families.

Today’s decision is a setback, but it is not the end. We will continue to stand by coal miners and their families as they appeal the decision, and until they receive the benefits they were promised, and the respect they deserve.


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