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Feb
2014
27

Laid Off IL Coal Miners Sue for Health Benefits, Companies Claim They Never Signed CBA

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Nearly 190 coal miners laid off in December are claiming in a federal lawsuit that they are owed 12 months of health insurance according to their collective bargaining agreement.  The affected worked at the Crown III mine in Macoupin County, Illinois.  The lawsuit names Springfield Coal Company and Tri-County Coal.  

Attorneys for the companies have asked the judge to dismiss the case, claiming they never signed a CBA in the first place.  The companies believe the issue should be handled by the National Labor Relations Board.

The lawsuit also claims that the companies failed to follow the grievance procedures set up by the CBA.  Members of the union rejected an offer of $4,300 for each worker earlier this year.  The UMW admits in the lawsuit that checks for $3,500 were sent to some members despite the rejection of the original amount.  

Lawyers for Springfield Coal Company and Tri-County Coal argue that they are two separate companies and that they weren’t signatories to the CBA.  The lawsuit will proceed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield.

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