Senator Jay Rockefeller today issued the following statement after Judge Kathy A. Surratt-States of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued a ruling allowing Patriot Coal to back out of its collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America:
"I join the thousands of miners in our state who are deeply disappointed with today's ruling. Once again we are seeing how the bankruptcy system is stacked against the American worker. I will continue fighting to put workers and employers on a level playing field by closing the legal loopholes that allow companies to pad their profits while abusing the legal system to escape from the promises they made. It's tragic to watch how some industries treat their workers after they've given much of their lives to these companies."