UMWA locals approve contract, setting...

UMWA locals approve contract, setting stage for non-CONSOL talks

There are 611 comments on the Snl.com story from Dec 22, 2006, titled UMWA locals approve contract, setting stage for non-CONSOL talks. In it, Snl.com reports that:

With a new contract with CONSOL Energy Inc. now in hand, the United Mine Workers of America will be trying over the next few weeks to get several other coal companies to sign into this five-year agreement.

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Since: Apr 07

Morgantown,WVa.

#185 Apr 4, 2007
I feel really sorry for the men at Wabash
dust angel

Whitestone, NY

#186 Apr 4, 2007
this crap gives me a hard on let the games begin people.. this company is full of scab crap lets sit here and watch the circus fly by.foundation coal get burried with umwa poop
Emerald Fireboss

Pittsburgh, PA

#187 Apr 4, 2007
Hey Cumberland, WE TOLD YOU SO !!!!!!!
Emerald Fireboss

Pittsburgh, PA

#188 Apr 4, 2007
Hey Cumberland, we told you so !!!!

Since: Mar 07

Irwin, PA

#189 Apr 4, 2007
Closing Wabash was foundations intention all along. They just wanted to see how much they could take away from the union in order to set a standard for the rest of the industry and it backfired on them.Now they will try to make this look like its all the unions fault. NICE TRY FOUNDATION, but like Pres. Roberts said today at the rally, WE WILL STAND UNITED,WE WILL WIN. I have a lot of friends at Wabash,they will survive.

Since: Mar 07

Irwin, PA

#190 Apr 4, 2007
emerald fire boss

im sure this closing makes you happy, now you can go back to your 7 day a week job. MAYBE!!!!!
WV Miners Wife

AOL

#191 Apr 4, 2007
Ice Crystals 2000 wrote:
The purpose of my post was not to "grade" anyone's work, but to show how uneducated the people's opinions are.
Just so you know not everyone is stupid just because he or she mines coal...but in the same sence not all have a college degree either! The work is very hard and very dangerous! Can you say that about your job as you sit behind a desk in safety and criticize people that you know nothing about? Oh and by the way everyone makes typos...lol GO ON A MINE TOUR AND THEN TELL ME AND EVERYONE WHO READS THIS WHAT KIND OF WAGES THEY DESERVE AND HOW MUCH MONEY THEY SHOULD GET PAID FOR DOING THIER JOBS!!
Roofbolter

Pittsburg, IL

#192 Apr 4, 2007
15 to 20 Years of good coal Still at Wabash,Foundation just gonna walk away from it? What about all the Grant money they got from the State for the new slope?
UMWA Indiana

Evansville, IN

#193 Apr 4, 2007
According to a Illinois state rep, Foundation will have to pay it back. A sum total of $2 million.
I'm sure some outfit will come in down the road and mine out that 20+ year reserve and probably make some money at the same time, unless they make the same mistake as Foundation and have wall street investors running the equipment. Of course if that happens, they could be looking at losing no less than $26 million!!!
Maybe they'll end up buying new equipment for all those new and inexperienced workers to off-set any unwanted expenditures.
Cumberland Miner

Kittanning, PA

#194 Apr 5, 2007
This is sickening As President Roberts said today " I am Fired UP I am Fed UP and now we are STANDING UP" to show we won't back down. It's a shame this company is creating so many hard feelings. I am starting to wonder if Bob Murray didn't buy into the company this is more like the stupid stuff he did at the Maple Creek Mine when he made them boys work under those sanctions for all that time. Constantly saying he lost 100 million every year that he had the mine opened. Foundation took a page out of his book I'd say.
Roofbolter

Pittsburg, IL

#195 Apr 5, 2007
OK So What are you Guys at Cumberland and Emerald Gonna do now? I wish you guys would say, Ok If we are making you so much money the National Aggreement isnt good enough, We Want More! I worked for Bob Murray for almost 3 years at the Galatia mine, I cant tell you how many millions of dolars he said we lost It Was Unreal, He talked to us like Dogs and even worse about the Union, and now i might have to go crawling back out there like a dog to get a job again, Because Union or not I have to take care of my Family, Whos Next Cumberland or Emerald!
F. U. fOUNDATION COAL!
FEP

United States

#196 Apr 5, 2007
I AM PROUD TO SAY I AM A UMWA MEMBER BUT ASHAMED TO SAY I AM A LOCAL 2258 MEMBER. I HAVE BEEN TO 2 MEETINGS AND VOLUNTEERED TO WORK AT OUR NEW "HEADQUARTERS" AT THE FORMER ELKS IN WAYNESBURG AND THERE IS ABSOLUTLEY NO DIRECTION BEING GIVEN FOR EMERALD MEMBERS. CUMBERLAND HAS THEIR ACT TOGETHER THOUGH.
Poopy Head

Baltimore, MD

#197 Apr 5, 2007
Comment
sir scab a lot

Lindale, TX

#198 Apr 5, 2007
I feel sorry for the men at Wabash , but cecil can say alot but he's still getting paid regardless.

Since: Mar 07

Irwin, PA

#199 Apr 5, 2007
TO FEP

thats what we are hearing. it seem like they dont want to be involved in this. whether they realize it or not,one of us are going to be next. this company is out for one thing,and IT ISNT US. we have to stick together on this. UNITED
Asking

Baltimore, MD

#200 Apr 5, 2007
Someone please tell me what being united has to do with a company that's traded on the NYSE. The shareholders could and do care less about your unification. Dividends and options are all that matter. Wabash mine is closing because it is not profitable. This is a business like every other industry in this country. Believe me when I say, profit is everything. Yes, I know other things seem more important. But again, trust me when I say the shareholders only care about the margin.
UMWA Indiana

Evansville, IN

#201 Apr 5, 2007
April 5, 2007 12:59 PM ETSector Snap: Coal Miner Rally Continues
All Associated Press News NEW YORK (AP)- Shares of coal producers continued to trade higher on Thursday, as investors reacted to news of additional inventory reductions and bullish commentary from company executives.

Shares of Peabody Energy Corp. rose $1.26, or 2.9 percent, to $44.05 in afternoon trading, while Arch Coal Inc. gained $2.17, or 6.8 percent, to $34.53, and shares of Foundation Coal Holdings Inc. advanced $1.89, or 5.3 percent, to $37.56. Meanwhile, Massey Energy Co. shares added 47 cents to $25.95. All the stocks trade on the New York Stock Exchange
The activity built on gains the stocks made Wednesday after Foundation Coal said it would close its Wabash Mine in Keensburg, Ill. Foundation Coal considers the mine unprofitable. Last year, the mine produced 1.2 million of coal.

About 250 workers at the Wabash mine and 900 others at the company's Cumberland and Emerald mines near Waynesburg, Pa., walked out after their contracts expired. Foundation Coal wanted workers at Wabash to sign a separate contract with concessions to offset a reinvestment it considered necessary to make the mine more profitable, but talks broke down after the two parties missed a union deadline. Formal talks had not resumed as of midday on Thursday, although workers at Cumberland and Emerald expressed a desire earlier to sign a national contract.
wv coal miner

United States

#202 Apr 5, 2007
i worked 36 years in the coal mines 23 years in the union for my services i receive one half of a pension from the union i use to appreciate. i got no health care is there anyone out their in the same boat.im disabled from black lung. we got a $15 raise.thanks
miners wife

New Castle, PA

#203 Apr 5, 2007
Wabash Mine Holding Seeks Effects Bargaining With UMWA

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md., Apr 05, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc.(NYSE:FCL) today announced that its affiliate, Wabash Mine Holding Company (Wabash), has contacted the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) to schedule additional discussions on the effects of closing the Wabash Mine. The company announced earlier that Wabash will close its operations, and workers will begin the process of removing equipment from the mine, sealing open slopes and shafts, and abandoning the underground works.
Roofbolter

Pittsburg, IL

#204 Apr 5, 2007
4-5-07 News Release.

News Releases

Wabash Mine Holding Seeks Effects Bargaining With UMWA

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md., Apr 05, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc.(NYSE:FCL) today announced that its affiliate, Wabash Mine Holding Company (Wabash), has contacted the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) to schedule additional discussions on the effects of closing the Wabash Mine. The company announced earlier that Wabash will close its operations, and workers will begin the process of removing equipment from the mine, sealing open slopes and shafts, and abandoning the underground works.

"We are hopeful that the UMWA will move quickly to return to the bargaining table to discuss the issues that are critical to supporting our employees during this difficult time," said Jeffrey Kukura, Wabash president. "It is only through the collective bargaining process that we can mutually arrive at a favorable severance program for our more than 230 hourly workers. The mine has operated for more than thirty years, and many of our employees have been there much of their careers."

The Wabash Mine has faced significant competitive challenges in recent years. In 2002, Wabash and the UMWA negotiated a labor contract that reflected wage and other concessions in recognition of those challenges, while at the same time Wabash committed to investing additional capital in the mine. Over the term of the 2003 agreement, which expired at 11:59 PM on March 31, 2007, Wabash invested more than $32 million in capital while still losing money each year. Despite the combined best efforts of Wabash and its employees, the Wabash mine was unprofitable every year of the recently expired contract.

In light of ongoing poor financial results, discussions between Wabash and the UMWA to amend the 2003 contract took place during its term. Wabash has provided financial information to the UMWA during negotiations supporting these historical facts, in addition to models showing ongoing losses over the coming years in the event that Wabash signed the 2007 National Bituminous Coal Wage Agreement as the UMWA has insisted. Through no fault of anyone, and despite the best efforts of all employees, the difficult decision has been made to close the mine.

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