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Coal bankruptcies and environmental clean-up

There have been a number of national articles and columns this week that focused on the clean-up costs related to recent coal company bankruptcies.

On Monday, The New York Times discussed the problem:

West Virginia faces perhaps the greatest fallout from the flood of coal bankruptcies that have hit the courts in the last year because many . . .

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June 10, 2016

Updating labor stories

More on the right-to-work challenge and Alpha Natural Resources

As teachers frequently remind students: "Please do your own work"

Did the WV legislature, in their rush (it was SB 1) to prove how anti-union they were, fail to change ALEC's right-to-work model legislation enough to make it constitutional? In the previous post I noted the AFL-CIO's decision to challenge the legislation. An . . .

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May 11, 2016

Covering/not covering Friday's Waynesburg rally that attracted 5,000 protesters against Alpha Natural Resources

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Here is how three area papers covered Friday's scheduled solidarity march against Alpha Natural Resources in Waynesburg, PA. (Please see three posts down for the reason for the march - Alpha wants to break union contract.)

The Washington Observer-Reporter

Placement of story: front page with pictures

Headline: Thousands of miners rally . . .

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April 03, 2016

"Fair and balanced" Intelligencer half-covers Alpha Natural Resources story

Edits out union response

Yesterday, I noted (see one post down) how Alpha Natural Resources was attempting to break its contract with the United Mine Workers after it gave significant bonuses to management. Today, the Intelligencer got around to publishing half of an AP story on Alpha on page 3 - buried right below the obituaries. However, the Intelligencer removed . . .

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March 31, 2016

Alpha wants to break union contract

From yesterday's Wall Street Journal:

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is asking a bankruptcy judge to let it slash retiree benefits and tear up existing labor agreements with its mine workers union, warning that its survival is at stake.

Two months ago, this same company gave $12 million in bonuses to company executives.

A spokesperson . . .

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March 30, 2016

The war on coal miners continues

Here we go again

A bankrupt coal company wants to cut off benefits to its miners while at the same time giving huge bonuses to its executives. Doesn't this sound like what happened with Patriot Coal's bankruptcy last year? (I wrote about it here.) Yes, and that's exactly what's happening in the bankruptcy proceedings for Alpha . . .

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January 25, 2016

Keeping us semi-informed on coal issues

The Friday Intelligencer

Issues that were covered:

Murray vs. the EPA

The morning Intelligencer featured a ruling by a U.S. district judge that requires EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to give a deposition in a suit filed by Murray Energy. The Intelligencer devoted much more coverage to the decision than any other source that I could find -- especially the AP report. . . .

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November 13, 2015

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