How Did the Mine Workers Take on Peabody and Bankruptcy and Win?

October 15, 2013

Last week, after nearly a year of protests, rallies, marches and court battles, the Mine Workers (UMWA) reached an agreement with Peabody Energy to cover future health care benefits for the retired coal miners affected by the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal. Patriot was spun off from Peabody in 2007 but saddled with the benefit obligations for former Peabody miners.

Today in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explores how the UMWA staged “a brilliant and innovative campaign that has ended in a stunning victory.”

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