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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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Pitney Bowes pays lawmakers to push privatizing Post Office

Under this plan, financed by Pitney Bowes, the entire Postal Service would become a series of private companies.

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Postal workers' hunger strike over, victory declared

The hunger strikers called on postal management to suspend cuts and closures and allow Congress to fix the finances by repealing the prefunding mandate and refunding the pension surplus.

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Today in labor history: 2005 New York transit workers strike

On December 20, 2005, thousands of workers began what was to be a three-day strike of the New York City transit system over retirement, pension and wage issues.

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