For several months now, buses full of retired UMWA miners from all over the country have regularly converged upon St. Louis for protests against Peabody Energy and Arch Coal. Peabody and Arch transferred responsibility for the guaranteed lifetime health and pension benefits owed to some 22,000 miners, retired miners, and their families into a third company called Patriot Coal, which went bankrupt last year, throwing thousands of retirees’ health care into question.
September 23, 2013
In this report, WMMT’s Parker Hobson rides along on one of these buses, all the way from southwest Virginia to St. Louis (and back!) to hear from retired miners about what they feel is at stake. The piece also includes an update on where the situation currently stands.