United Mine Workers Of America President Cecil Roberts Arrested As Hundreds Rally To Save Health Benefits- 01/31/13
By Doug Cunningham
Hundreds of United Mine Workers of America members and supporters rallied this week at Peabody Energy headquarters in St. Louis to protest a long-term scheme to strip critical health benefits away from miners, retirees and their families. UMWA President Cecil Roberts was arrested in the protests. The union says Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy case in federal court is being used to take away the hard-earned health benefits of thousands of miners. Patriot was spun off from Peabody. Roberts says this is a sickening display of corporate greed that’s overstepped the bounds of decency. He says UMWA will continue to fight so active and retired miners don’t have to lay awake at night wondering if they can survive the next week, month or year without health benefits.