Miners Vow to Fight Patriot, Peabody, Arch

Jun 5, 2013

UMWA International President Cecil Roberts, with his hands bound, is lead to a police van after being placed under arrest with 14 union supporters for staging a peaceful sit-down protest in the middle of intersection at First and Main streets following a 90-minute rally.
Credit Mike Lawrence / The Gleaner

Fiery speeches followed by the peaceful, staged arrests of 15 union supporters highlighted a 90-minute rally in Henderson Tuesday morning by the United Mine Workers of America. Retired coal miners from at least seven states, many of whom arrived in a fleet of approximately 30 charter buses, filled the front lawn of the Henderson County Courthouse to protest the move by bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp. to reduce pension and health care benefits. UMWA spokesman Phil Smith estimated the crowd at about 4,000 people. Read more...