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Statement of United Mine Workers of America PresidentCecil Roberts On Approval of UMWA Settlement with Patriot Coal

August 20, 2013
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"I am pleased that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States has approved the settlement we worked long and hard to reach with Patriot Coal. The terms and conditions of this settlement are a significant improvement over the company's original proposals, while still giving Patriot the stability and certainty it needs to move forward.

"There is still a long way to go, however, before retired miners receive all of the health care benefits they earned during their years in the mines. Make no mistake: Peabody Energy and Arch Coal created this problem. They made the promise of lifetime health care to our members, and we will continue our efforts to hold them to their word."

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