Thousands of retired miners and their dependents are at risk of losing healthcare and other retirement benefits because of a bankruptcy filing. Patriot Coal Corp. was formed by purchasing mines from Peabody Energy and Arch Coal Corp. Many of these retirees never worked a day for Patriot Coal. A large number suffer the ill health affects caused by years in coal mining. More information can be garnered at fairnessatpatriot.org.
I started this petition because my dad retired from an Arch company. He and my mother depend on the health insurance that he was promised under contract with Arch. He and many others were "sold" to Patriot, and now have to worry that they will now end up in bankruptcy due to health care costs. Miners like my Dad held up their end of the bargain. They made these companies billions. They are only asking for what they earned.