COPY-Crowd expected at protest of coal company cuts

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 ( ) 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,

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