ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A mine workers’ protest outside a St. Louis-based coal company led to 15 arrests Tuesday.
The United Mine Workers says 15 protesters were arrested in a non-violent demonstration outside the Peabody Energy Corporation building downtown. Patriot Coal was spun off from the energy company in 2007 and filed for bankruptcy last year.
A federal appeals court ruled in August that Peabody Energy remains obligated to maintain health-care benefits for 3,100 retirees of Heritage Coal, another Peabody spinoff company.
The company said in a written statement that the mine workers’ union previously rejected a “good faith” settlement that would provide the retirees with lifetime health benefits, payable over 15 years.