UMWA

Business
12:47 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

UMWA, Peabody, Patriot Reach Agreement

Peabody Energy has agreed to pay $310 million into a health care fund for retired miners.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

The nearly monthly rallies by retired miners in front of Peabody Energy’s headquarters in downtown St. Louis are now a thing of the past.

The United Mine Workers of America, Peabody Energy, and Patriot Coal announced a settlement late Tuesday night.

The UMWA had been pushing Peabody through its rallies and a lawsuit filed in Charleston to pay for retirees’ health benefits after its spin-off, Patriot Coal, filed for bankruptcy last year.

Patriot had largely shed its $1.6 billion liability in healthcare benefits for about 23,000 retired miners and their dependents.

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Business
4:10 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Appeals Court: Peabody Liable For Heritage Retirees Benefits

Peabody Energy's headquarters in St. Louis.
(UPI)

Peabody Energy will have to pay health benefits for retirees of a former subsidiary after an appeals court reversed a federal bankruptcy judge’s decision.

The ruling Wednesday from the three-judge US Court of Appeals bankruptcy panel affects 3,100 retirees attached to Heritage Coal.

Peabody had earlier agreed to continue paying retiree health benefits when Heritage was spun off along with Patriot in 2007.

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Business
2:35 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Judge Approves Patriot Coal Settlement With Union

Retired coal miner Charles Whitlow of New Athens, Ill. shows the pills he takes each month. He is among 10,000 retired miners whose health benefits have been affected by Patriot Coal's bankruptcy.
Maria Altman St. Louis Public Radio

A federal bankruptcy judge approved a new labor agreement Tuesday between St. Louis-based Patriot Coal and the United Mine Workers of America.

Judge Kathy Surratt-States granted Patriot’s request for a new collective bargaining agreement.

About 1,800 UMWA members voted in favor of the agreement Friday, which would restore most of the wage cuts that Patriot had previously sought.

It also would put a VEBA, or Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, in place of the current health benefits that about 10,000 retired miners currently have.

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Business
4:14 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

UMWA Back In St. Louis

UMWA members rally in front of Peabody's headquarters in St. Louis Tuesday.
Credit Maria Altman / St. Louis Public Radio

Members of The United Mine Workers of America were in St. Louis again Tuesday, rallying over miners’ retiree benefits.


The protest took place just one day after the union reached a tentative agreement with Patriot Coal.


But officials were turning their attention back to Peabody, which created the now bankrupt Patriot in 2007.


UMWA officials, including secretary treasurer Dan Kane, repeated at the rally in front of Peabody’s headquarters that the corporation is still responsible to its former employees.

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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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Economy
12:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Patriot Coal Denies Walking Out Of Talks With Mine Workers Union

UMWA President Cecil Roberts speaking earlier this year before a rally. Roberts has said he would not recommend miners agree to the terms approved by a federal bankruptcy judge in May.
Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Updated 6:15 p.m.


UMWA tweeted this afternoon that they and Patriot have "agreed to return to the bargaining table next week."


Original Story:


St. Louis-based Patriot Coal officials deny that the company "walked out" of talks with the United Mine Workers of America earlier this week.

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Patriot Coal
5:11 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

United Mine Workers Union Says Patriot Coal Walked Out Of Negotiations

Miners from across the country marching down Market St. in downtown St. Louis on Jan. 29. They protested a Peabody Energy/Patriot Coal plan to cut pension and health care programs following Patriot's bankruptcy.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

The United Mine Workers of America say negotiators from St. Louis-based Patriot Coal walked out of talks Tuesday setting the stage for a possible strike.

The bankrupt company and the union were trying to come to an agreement even after a federal judge ruled in favor of a plan Patriot put forward to reduce costs.

UMWA spokesman Phil Smith says Patriot will now put that plan in effect July 1, including wage cuts for active miners and changes to health benefits for 23,000 retired miners and their families.

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Business
6:45 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Bankruptcy Judge Rules In Patriot Coal's Favor

Protesters rally in front of the Peabody Energy headquarters in downtown St. Louis on April 29, 2013. They gathered to draw attention to a Patriot Coal case regarding the health care benefits of 10,000 retired miners. Peabody spun off Patriot in 2007.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal bankruptcy judge granted a motion Wednesday allowing St. Louis-based Patriot Coal to make major changes to retirees’ health benefits.

Patriot estimated it had more than $1.6 billion in health liabilities for some 23,000 retired miners and their families.

The company said it could not emerge from bankruptcy with those obligations and is instead offering the United Mine Workers of America a 35 percent stake in a new company, as well as a healthcare trust fund for retirees.

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