"We have retirees who are in their eighties and nineties - are they supposed to get a job?"
"I've never stood up for anything in my life, but this is too much to give up."
WASHINGTON - Union leaders, both in Detroit and nationally, blasted the decision of Detroit's state-appointed financial czar to file for bankruptcy for the 750,000-person Motor City, even as they scrambled to try to help their members and retirees who suddenly face a very uncertain future.
TRIANGLE, Va. (PAI) - Workers at Patriot Coal Co., which is now undergoing bankruptcy reorganization, will have to prepare for a strike authorization vote after firm managers walked out of talks on a settlement on June 12, the Mine Workers said.
A federal bankruptcy judge in St. Louis has left Patriot Coal's retirees - whom it inherited from Peabody Energy and Arch Coal - high and dry, and said Patriot could dump its union contracts, too.
Labor activist Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned May 22, 1895, for his role in the Pullman strike.
"We are going to stand up, fight back and go to jail for our members - and that is something Peabody can't buy."
The actions, organized by UMWA, were in support of the union's campaign to save health care for retired miners and win better wages, benefits and working conditions for miners on the job.
Since Congress must start all over again to fix the money troubles at the U.S. Postal Service, it should do so the right way.
The nation's largest coal companies created the spin-off company, Patriot Coal, in a scheme to rob thousands of union members and beneficiaries of their pensions and health care benefits.