NEW YORK Ten people were
arrested Feb. 13 at a United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)
protest outside Peabody Energy Inc.s headquarters in St.
Louis, the second such protest in two weeks.
Some 1,000 UMWA members
protested pension and health-care benefits for 20,000 retired
miners and their dependents, who claim they were employed by
Peabody Energy rather than bankrupt coal miner Patriot Coal.
The previous protest took place outside Peabodys
headquarters Jan. 29.
Patriot Coal filed for Chapter
11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in southern
New York in July (
amm.com, July 10).
Its previous transactions left
the company responsible for benefits for three times as many
retirees and dependents as active employees.
"Peabody has lived up to its
obligations and continues to do so," the company said.
"The UMWA is fully aware that
this is a matter solely between the union and Patriot Coal, and
the proper process for deciding such issues is through the
bankruptcy court, not the court of public opinion," it
A version of this article was first
published by AMM sister publication Steel