United Mine Workers rally for benefit security after Mission Coal files for bankruptcy

Source: CBS 42

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  (WIAT) — Miners with the United Mine Workers were out rallying this morning at Kelly Ingram Park in response to Mission Coal’s recent bankruptcy filings.

Two years ago, Mission Coal bought the mine but now that the company is going bankrupt. Miners say the are in danger of losing important benefits.

Keri Bester, a miner, stated, “A lot of people and a lot of families especially people who work in the mines, are affected by this. They’re affected by as far as wages, benefit, health care, and retirements and pension plans and stuff like that so it’s very important that we get the message out about what we’re losing and what’s at stake for us.”

The miners moved the rally to outside the courthouse as the trial began.