The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 1, 2013

16 arrests at UMWA Patriot Coal protest in West Virginia

From The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sixteen people have been arrested during a protest of Patriot Coal Corp.’s bankruptcy reorganization plan in downtown Charleston.

The arrests occurred on the outside steps leading to Patriot Coal’s West Virginia offices at Laidley Tower. UMW President Cecil Roberts was among those arrested after the group refused a police order to move.

Thousands of people attended a union rally and heard from Roberts, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other speakers at the Charleston Civic Center before walking to Laidley Tower.  

The House of Delegates and state Senate have adopted resolutions called for bankrupt Patriot Coal to honor its pension and benefit commitments to some 23,000 retired miners and their dependents.

St. Louis-based Patriot is trying shed some of that $1.6 billion liability as it restructures.