Miners Protest Benefit Cuts In Patriot Coal Bankruptcy

Law360, Chicago (April 29, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT) -- More than 1,000 union miners and their allies protested at a rally in St. Louis on Monday as Patriot Coal Corp. began a critical hearing in bankruptcy court on its bid to force retiree benefit cuts and other concessions from the union.

Patriot, the 10th-largest coal producer in the U.S., is asking for court permission to alter its union contract to cut $150 million in annual benefits and other labor costs, which the company says are necessary to escape bankruptcy and avoid a disastrous liquidation....
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