UE Local 170 members show solidarity with the UMWA.
  UE Local 170 members show solidarity with the UMWA. 


UE Local 170 members rallied and marched in solidarity with thousands of members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)- in their fight for justice at Patriot Coal in Charleston on April 1. Patriot Coal is trying to use the bankruptcy courts to shed its contract, pension and healthcare obligations covering thousands of active and retired coal miners throughout Appalachia.

 
UE Local 170 members taking part in the rally and march included President Donna Morgan, Vice-President Chris Wolford, Recording Secretary Cathy Miller, Chief Steward Jamie Beaton, and retired former President Ernie Chafin.
 
Patriot Coal was created by Peabody Energy in 2007 with the specific purpose of allowing Peabody Energy and Arch Coal to shed its long-term health care obligations to its retirees and their families. Saddled with too much debt and too little production to keep pace with its debt load, Patriot is seeking to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
 
You can find out more information about the UMWA’s fight for justice at Patriot Coal here.