(KMOV.com) -- Members of the United Workers of America (UMWA) who worked at Patriot Coal operations ratified a settlement Friday that the union says make significant improvements of employment.
“The membership has made it clear that they are willing to do their part to keep Patriot operating, keep their jobs and ensure that thousands of retirees continue getting the health care they depend on and deserve,” said UMWA International President Cecil Roberts, “This has been a difficult and uncertain year for our members.”
Members approved the plan 85-15 for and against.
Roberts noted the settlement with Patriot does not provide enough resources to fulfill the promise of lifetime health care benefits that Peabody and Arch previously agreed upon.
“We are now able to turn our full attention to securing the lifetime health care benefits Peabody and Arch promised these retirees,” Roberts said. “We fully intend to hold Peabody and Arch accountable.