United Mine Workers march on Patriot Coal in Charleston over proposal to cut employee and retiree health benefits.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 union members and supporters rallied at the Charleston Civic Center on Monday, then marched a few blocks to Patriot Coal’s state headquarters, to protest a proposal from the company to cut employee and retiree health benefits. Sixteen people were arrested at the end of the peaceful demonstration, … Read more
Gazette file photo Filmmaker Bob Gates stands in his studio in 1980. CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Robert F. “Bob” Gates Jr., a noted West Virginia filmmaker who focused on the impacts of mining on coalfield residents and the environment, died Saturday at the age of 69. Gates helped found the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild. He also … Read more
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Seven people, including at least one West Virginian, locked themselves to a 500-pound potted tree inside Arch Coal’s headquarters in Creve Coeur, Mo. on Tuesday in a protest against strip mining. A larger group performed songs and dances in the building’s lobby, according to the protesters, who are affiliated with the groups … Read more
By Travis Crum CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A spokesman for an environmental group said they need to raise a half-million dollars’ worth of property to bail out 20 activists arrested on misdemeanor charges during a demonstration this weekend. More than 50 activists from the group, Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival, disrupted operations at Patriot Coal’s … Read more