A CSWJ Statement on Justice for Miners and their Families

Glenmary Father John S. Rausch, Director of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, has asked CSWJ to issue an emergency statement in support of miners and their families who may lose their health benefits from their former employers, Peabody Energy, Patriot Coal, Arch Coal, or Magnum Coal. Mine workers are threatened with losing their health care benefits because of the practice of “spinning off” subsidiaries that have contracts signed with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) who then declare bankruptcy resulting in workers losing their health benefits. We believe this violates the Catholic teaching that capital is always subordinate to labor.

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