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UMWA stands by members, retirees in Patriot bankruptcy

July 9, 2012
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[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“The bankruptcy filing by Patriot Coal and its subsidiaries is yet one more piece of mounting bad news for people throughout the coalfields whose lives and whose communities are dependent on coal production. But it is important for UMWA members working at Patriot operations to understand that the company is not shutting down, and that their pay and benefits will not be affected by this filing.

“As we enter into this unsettled period at Patriot, let me make it clear that our first priority is our members, whether they be actively working or retired, and their families. We are prepared to work with the company to see to it that the wages and benefits these members have earned through their sweat and blood will continue to be paid."

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