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UMWA to appeal ruling dismissing federal lawsuit against Peabody and Arch

September 27, 2013
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[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)  International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“I am very disappointed in the Court’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit we had filed under the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA) to get Peabody and Arch to live up to their responsibilities to their retirees. The UMWA intends to appeal, because we believe the decision fails to recognize the purpose of ERISA, which is to protect the benefits employees have earned.

“Our members who are at risk of losing the retiree health care benefits Peabody and Arch promised them clearly earned those benefits. We will continue to fight for them in every possible venue until those benefits are secure.”

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