“The Rev. Jim Sessions, an Interfaith Worker Justice Board Member, was in the car driving to St. Louis for the “Fairness at Patriot” rally, when news of the settlement between the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and Patriot Coal was announced on the radio.
Not knowing the details of the settlement, he called John Lonetti, the UMWA organizer who had invited him to participate in Tuesday’s rally. “Should I still come?” the Rev. Sessions asked.
If you haven’t been following the news from IWJ and the Fairness at Patriot campaign, you might be similarly perplexed about what a settlement means for miners, current or retired, and their families. The settlement represents a first step in a campaign that has a long history.
In many ways, it’s a story that reflects a situation more and more workers (in both the private and public sectors) are confronting. Though they’ve worked for years, their employer is now trying to escape their obligation to provide them with the benefits they’ve earned.”
(Blog | Interfaith Worker Justice, August 16, 2013)