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  •  The parent companies have awful relations w unions (4+ / 0-)

    so I would expect more of the same from their port operator.

    “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:08:31 AM PST

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    •  And these companies screw employees over (5+ / 0-)

      Consider the Patriot Coal bankruptcy.  Peabody Coal (the company planning to supply the coal to Cherry Point) spun off a subsidiary, which then went bankrupt and stranded retirees and long term employees with no benefits.

      Lawsuit ongoing

      In the latest attempt to fulfill its promise to do "whatever it takes" to protect the retirement benefits owed by Patriot Coal, the United Mine Workers of America has filed a class action lawsuit against the company's progenitors.

      The suit was filed Oct. 23 in the Southern District of West Virginia and asks the court declare Magnum Coal and Peabody Energy obligated to maintain funding of the benefit plans. The suit was filed by eight retired and active members of the UMWA but claims to represent more than 10,000 retirees and active workers.

      The basis of their argument comes from the Employee Retirement and Income Securities Act, which prohibits discriminating against a beneficiary with the purpose of interrupting benefits obligated.

      Patriot was spun off from Peabody Energy in a move that distanced the company not only from Central Appalachian coalfields but also most of its union employees. Mines spun off from Arch Coal into Magnum Coal were later acquired by Patriot.

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