Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Coal Miners Getting Screwed

Not only are US coal miners getting thrown out of work, now they are losing their benefits, too:

More than 120,000 retired coal miners are threatened with the cutoff of health and pension benefits over the next several months as the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund runs out of money.

This includes 16,000 retired miners from Patriot Coal in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois who are threatened with the loss of medical coverage by April, and another 6,500 who could see their health benefits terminated later in the year.

In addition, 89,000 miners and family members, and another 22,000 miners whose pensions are vested but who have not received payouts, face the loss of their pensions or severe cutbacks if the union retirement fund goes bankrupt or is dumped into the government’s nearly insolvent Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

The tragedy that is unfolding is the outcome of decades of betrayals by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), which have left the miners - historically the most militant and class-conscious section of the American working class - facing destitution.

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To those of you who don't care, I have this to say - your turn is coming. As the US economy gets "reinvented" (a.k.a. "made great again"), more of you will lose jobs and benefits. And when the robots take over, you'll all be thrown under the bus. By then it will be too late to do anything about it.


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