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Rockefeller Statement on Patriot Coal Bankruptcy


Location: Washington, DC

Senator Jay Rockefeller today released the following statement after Patriot Coal asked a federal bankruptcy judge to shed its obligations under its existing contract with the United Mine Workers of America:

"Patriot's decision is deeply disappointing, and incredibly unjust. These retirees worked day and night, risking their lives and their health, under a pledge that is now broken. Passing my bill to protect these union miners' health benefits and pensions is now more than just the right thing to do - it's imperative."

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