A promise is a promise. It's as simple as that.
Quite frankly, the United Mine Workers of America have every right to protest
Patriot Coal's benefit cuts.
Benefits were negotiated in good faith and Patriot needs to live up to their
end of the deal, not hide behind legal proceedings.
But this is larger than this fight and if the court rules in Patriot's favor,
they are setting a very dangerous precedent.
When companies promise one thing, and then do something else, everyone loses.