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UMWA to hold mass meetings with Patriot workers, retirees, families to explain bankruptcy

August 23, 2012
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[TRIANGLE, VA] - The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) will hold meetings in Evansville, Ind., and Charleston, W. Va., next week to explain the particulars of Patriot Coal’s Chapter 11 reorganization filing to UMWA active and retired members and their families.

UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts will lead the meetings, and will discuss what the potential impacts on workers and retirees could be. Roberts will also outline the steps the UMWA has taken and is planning on behalf of active and retired members as the bankruptcy process moves forward.

“This union has never backed away from a fight to preserve what our members and retirees have earned and we’re not going to back away now,” Roberts said. “I encourage members and spouses who may be affected by this bankruptcy to attend one of these meetings.”

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at the meetings is restricted to UMWA active and retired members who are affected by the Patriot bankruptcy and their families. A media availability with President Roberts and other UMWA officials will be held in each location immediately after the meeting is over.

WHAT:       UMWA Patriot Bankruptcy explanation meetings

WHO:        UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts
UMWA International Secretary-Treasurer Daniel J. Kane

WHERE/WHEN: The Centre, Evansville, IN.; Tuesday, Aug. 28, 10:00 a.m.
Civic Center, Charleston, WV., Thursday, Aug. 30, 10:00 a.m.

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