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Crowd Expected at Henderson UMWA Rally

The United Mine Workers of America will stage a protest in Henderson Tuesday over Patriot Coal’s move to end its contract and reduce wages and benefits for active union members.

The UMWA will bring more than 30 busloads of supporters from around the Midwest and Appalachia to the Henderson County Courthouse in western Kentucky. A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge last week authorized Patriot to make a variety of financial moves during reorganization.

Speakers include UMWA President Cecil Roberts,  Sens. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson and Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville and Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville.

The UMWA have already staged rallies in St. Louis, where Patriot is headquartered, and in Charleston W.Va.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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