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Judge OKs Patriot Coal plan to renege on miners' pensions

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.

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Miners arrested in protest against coal company

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.

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Today in labor history: Remembering Florence Reece

Reece will be forever known for the song, "Which Side Are You On?" written in 1931 during the "Harlan County War" strike in which her husband, Sam Reece, was an organizer.