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For striking Laborers at Cretex, preserving pensions is key

"I've never stood up for anything in my life, but this is too much to give up."

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Unions scramble to aid victims in Detroit bankruptcy filing

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.

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Patriot Coal walkout on talks forces miners to consider strike

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.

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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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Today in labor history: Debs imprisoned

Labor activist Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned May 22, 1895, for his role in the Pullman strike.

 

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6,000 miners rally in fight for pensions

"We are going to stand up, fight back and go to jail for our members - and that is something Peabody can't buy."

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Sixteen arrested in W.Va. after 11,000 march on Patriot Coal

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.

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Postal workers: Fix USPS the right way!

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.

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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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Illinois governor waging war on public service workers

The rights of public service workers seem to be of no consequence to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

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