â€œFoundation Coal has known for years that the Wabash Mine is an economically troubled mine. They asked our members to make concessionsin the previous agreement, and our members did â€” to the tune of $30,000 per member. That was not enough, apparently.
â€œInstead of recognizing the hard work our members have done and the sacrifices they have made, Wabash Mine Holding Company wanted more.
â€œFoundation Coal Holdingsâ€™ statement today that the Wabash Mine needed 'significant cost reductions and major capital investment' speaks for itself. This mine was likely to close whether we reached an agreement or not.
â€œThat the company chose to make its announcement today is revealing. The brutal message in todayâ€™s press release from Foundation only serves to strengthen our resolve. We will continue to fight for every miner and family at all three mines. Closing Wabash will not change that fact.â€