Patriot Coal retirees writing US bankruptcy judge
by Banner Staff Report
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in New York City is hearing from retired coal miners who are fretting about their pensions and health care benefits.
The letters are being sent to a judge overseeing the Patriot Coal bankruptcy case. The Charleston Gazette reports that more than 100 letters have been added to the court record of the case in recent days.
One letter states that Patriot miners gave their best years to coal companies only to see their benefits threatened in retirement.
Patriot is responsible for more than 10,000 retirees and 10,000 dependents, most of them in West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio.
A judge has approved an $802 million financing package so the St. Louis company can continue operating while it restructures.
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