FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The United Mine Workers of America’s well-documented fight with Patriot Coal, Arch Coal, and Peabody Coal will return to West Virginia next month.

The union is planning a rally and protest of the Patriot bankruptcy fallout July 9th in Fairmont.

“There are a lot of folks who work at the Federal Two mine, which is a Patriot mine, and a lot more retirees from that mine who worked for Peabody,” said Phil Smith of the UMWA. “As we’ve had with every rally, there will be a lot of folks coming in on busses.”

The logistics of the rally are still begin planned.  Tentatively, the football stadium at Fairmont State is being considered for the gathering.  Some of the union’s past protests have drawn as many as 10,000 people.

Smith said West Virginia is important in their struggle against the three companies and a lot of West Virginia residents are impacted by the outcome of this dispute.

“It’s not just people who are employed in the coal industry who are paying attention and coming to these rallies,” said Smith.  “Other labor unions and other ordinary people are getting involved because they see if Peabody and Arch can get away with this scheme, then anybody can.”

The union’s last rally in West Virginia over the issue was in Charleston in April.  The crowd was estimated at more than 7,000 and marched from the Charleston Civic Center to Laidley Tower outside the Patriot offices.

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  • blugldmn

    it's called reading comprehension....

  • Jake

    Hey Blugdlmn,

    The chamber of commerce uses FSU. Do you have a problem with that? You are a wacko!

  • chadly

    What do you recommend they do, stand back and let everything they worked for all there lives be taken away? My dad has worked in the mines 43 years and can't retire because he won't have health benefits. If they get away with this it opens up the door for any company in any industry to do the same. Are you next?

  • blugldmn

    No it is not...but it should be..

  • sshepherd

    Wv is a right to work state isnt it?

  • blugldmn

    Would they allow the stadium (public property) to be used for a rally by the Tea party? if not then it should be NO for the UMWA as well...

  • wvtd

    Right to Work law is what we need. let the far left liberal unions eat their obama cake.

    • mike riley

      Agree!! Coal sale due to obamas EPA policies bankrupted coal companies and UMWA leadership was pushing Obama! So they deserve what they voted for!!

  • NoWay

    Yep, that's right Rally!! RALLY! that will change bankruptcy laws.