Peabody Coal

4:41 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Students Want Washington University To Cut Peabody Ties

Protestors converge on the steps of Brookings Hall to protest Washington University's ties with Peabody.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Nicholas Curry's sleeping arrangement has changed a bit over the last couple of days.

Curry, a junior at Washington University, has been camping out in a tent near Brookings Hall. It's part of a "sit-in" to get Washington University to cut ties with Peabody Energy, a large coal company that's headquartered in St. Louis. 

"I slept out here with my dog Max," Curry said. "So, we spent the night here last night, and we'll be here tonight."

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Patriot Coal
3:02 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Miners Rally Again To Protest Patriot Coal Bankruptcy

UMWA members and supporters protest in downtown St. Louis on June 17, 2013. This was the first rally since a Patriot Coal bankruptcy ruling allowed the company to change retirees' health benefits.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

More than a thousand United Mine Workers of America members were back in St. Louis on Monday, the latest in a series of protests against Peabody Energy and its handling of their  retirement and health care benefits.

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Patriot Coal
9:59 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Looking At The Effects Of Patriot Coal's Bankruptcy

Charles Whitlow of New Athens, Ill. holds the three plastic containers that separate his daily pills. Whitlow worked as a coal miner for Peabody Energy for 33 years and fears he will lose his health care as a result of Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Our Maria Altman had a story on NPR's Morning Edition this morning about the many effects of Patriot Coal's bankruptcy. In fact, the story continues, with another rally in St. Louis today.

To give you even more on this story, we present these photos - glimpses of the people affected by the actions of this large, St. Louis-based company. 

Patriot Coal
4:59 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Union President Criticizes Bankrupt Patriot Coal For Seeking Executive Bonuses

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

On Monday, the top official with a national miners' union says bankrupt Patriot Coal's bid to cut retiree health care benefits, while seeking millions of dollars for executive bonuses, is immoral.

Patriot Coal spun off from St. Louis-based Peabody in 2007, taking with it an enormous amount of the larger company’s health care obligations. Now that Patriot has declared bankruptcy, the company is looking to cut health care coverage for retired miners.

At a press conference in St. Louis, United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts said Patriot was designed to fail.

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10:45 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Patriot Coal Sues Peabody, Asks Bankruptcy Court To Relieve Pension Obligations

Coal miners protest in front of St. Louis Federal Courthouse last January
Credit (Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis-based Patriot Coal Corp. has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to modify collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Workers of America, allowing the coal company to cut health care coverage for retired miners.

Patriot was created by St. Louis-Based Peabody Energy Corp., as a stand-alone company in 2007.  In creating Patriot, Peabody also transferred a hefty chunk of Peabody’s outstanding pension obligations onto Patriot’s books.

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Coal Protests
10:21 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Local Activists Take Aim At Peabody Energy

Activists rally at Washington University as part of a week of protests against Peabody Coal.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Local activist groups say they’re planning several protests this week against Peabody Energy.

This morning activists hung a banner on a Peabody Energy and United Way billboard that read, “Dirty Coal = Dirty Money.”   

Later in the day, activists joined student groups to protest at Washington University, saying the school had too cozy of a relationship with Peabody.  In a statement, Washington University says it respects students’ right to express their opinions.   

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

St. Louis-based Peabody Coal and ArcelerMittal will buy Australian coal giant Macarthur Coal for $5.2 billion.

Peabody Coal, ArcelorMittal to buy Australian coal giant

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Australian coal giant Macarthur Coal has agreed to be bought by Peabody Energy and ArcelorMittal for $5.2 billion. St. Louis-based Peabody has pursued Macarthur for more than a year.

The Australian company is the biggest miner of pulverized coal, which is used in making steel and in great demand in Asia.

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