HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - The United Mine Workers of America is planning a protest in western Kentucky over Patriot Coal Corp.'s move to end its contract and reduce wages and benefits for active union members.
The Gleaner reports (http://bit.ly/11gziBg ) that the mine workers will bring more than 30 busloads of supporters from around the Midwest and Appalachia to the Henderson County Courthouse in western Kentucky on Tuesday. A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge last week authorized Patriot to make a variety of financial moves during reorganization.
Speakers will include UMWA President Cecil Roberts and Secretary-Treasurer Dan Kanek; state Sens. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson and Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville; and state Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville.
The UMWA have already staged rallies in St. Louis, where Patriot is headquartered, and in Charlestown W.Va.
Information from: The Gleaner, http://www.thegleaner.com/