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Looming pension shortfalls to complicate next shutdown fight

Source: Politico.com The next potential sleeper cause of a government shutdown? Pensions. Congress barely averted a shutdown last year amid a fight over miners’ health care. Now the looming collapse of pension plans for the miners — as well as thousands of Teamster truck drivers and food service workers — is fueling another, even more […]

Miner pensions in jeopardy unless lawmakers act

Source: WTOV9 Pensions for almost 100,000 coal miners and their families are in jeopardy. Now, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is teaming up with many Ohio Valley miners. They’re asking for other lawmakers and the public to back them. The biggest thing Manchin wanted to stress–this is not a government bailout. He says if the bill […]

Service remembers 37 miners killed in Robena Mine explosion

Source: Observer-Reporter Ray Benninghoff was at work at Fischer Body in West Mifflin 55 years ago when he was pulled aside and told his father was one of the miners missing following an explosion at the U.S. Steel Co.’s Robena No. 3 Mine. Benninghoff left work that day, Dec. 6, 1962, and went to his […]

Robena remembered: 55 years later

Source: Herald Standard  Fifty-five years later, Marcella Sarson’s voice still wavers when she considers the lives she saw torn apart at Robena Mine. “It still is a very brutal thing to face,” Sarson says. First for Sarson and her parents came the drive through bitter cold from Bobtown to a Robena lamp house while rescue […]

Court dismisses Consol appeal in retired miners’ benefits case

Source: Post Gazette  United Mine Workers of America is claiming a small win after a West Virginia judge dismissed Consol Energy’s appeal in a retiree health benefit case. The ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals leaves in place a temporary injunction requiring the energy company to keep providing benefits while a broader […]

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