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 added.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.