UPDATE: Thousands of miners rally in Charleston, 16 arrested - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Thousands of miners rally in Charleston, 16 arrested

Posted:
  • More Local NewsMore Local NewsMore>>

  • Businesses in Bluefield West Virginia

    Businesses in Bluefield West Virginia

    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- A couple of fast food chains in Bluefield,West Virginia are no longer on Cumberland Ave. Wendy's closed for financial reasonsand according to Mark Meachum, President of the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, "Arby's as you're aware, the franchisee claimed bankruptcy in a number of Arbys."Not all businesses in Bluefield are having a hard time.Ahmed Anu the owner of Portobella's says, "Just right now I think to myself, business is good. We did good."His Italian restaurant has been...More >>
    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- A couple of fast food chains in Bluefield,West Virginia are no longer on Cumberland Ave. Wendy's closed for financial reasonsand according to Mark Meachum, President of the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, "Arby's as you're aware, the franchisee claimed bankruptcy in a number of Arbys."Not all businesses in Bluefield are having a hard time.Ahmed Anu the owner of Portobella's says, "Just right now I think to myself, business is good. We did good."His Italian restaurant has been...More >>
  • Police search for robbery suspect

    Police search for robbery suspect

    Fairlea (WVVA) – Police are on the lookout for a man suspected of robbing a video lottery parlor.The robbery happened Sunday night at Abbies around 11:30 p.m. in Fairlea...More >>
    Fairlea (WVVA) – Police are on the lookout for a man suspected of robbing a video lottery parlor.The robbery happened Sunday night at Abbies around 11:30 p.m. in Fairlea...More >>
  • Burglary suspect enters plea

    Burglary suspect enters plea

    Raleigh County (WVVA) –A man charged with burglarizing a home pleads guilty in court. Jason Pittman faces up to 15 years in prison.More >>
    Raleigh County (WVVA) –A man charged with burglarizing a home pleads guilty in court. Jason Pittman faces up to 15 years in prison.More >>

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Sixteen people have been arrested during a protest of Patriot Coal Corp.'s bankruptcy reorganization plan in downtown Charleston.

The arrests occurred on the outside steps leading to Patriot Coal's West Virginia offices at Laidley Tower. UMW President Cecil Roberts was among those arrested after the group refused a police order to move.

Thousands of people attended a union rally and heard from Roberts, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other speakers at the Charleston Civic Center before walking to Laidley Tower.

The House of Delegates and state Senate have adopted resolutions called for bankrupt Patriot Coal to honor its pension and benefit commitments to some 23,000 retired miners and their dependents.

St. Louis-based Patriot is trying shed some of that $1.6 billion liability as it restructures.

----

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The United Mine Workers of America is bringing as many as 5,000 people to Charleston to protest Monday outside the West Virginia offices of bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.

Police are warning motorists of traffic congestion and diversions. Some 5,000 participants are expected to begin arriving at the Civic Center around 9 a.m. The UMWA says people from southern West Virginia will drive in, and 50 buses are carrying people from seven states -- Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia

The union has staged multiple protests in St. Louis and is running ads pressuring Patriot to abandon plans to shed some of its pension and benefit liabilities.

Some 23,000 retired miners and their dependents are affected.

UMWA spokesman Phil Smith says miners from southern West Virginia will drive to the Civic Center for a rally then march to Laidley Tower for another.

Patriot wants to modify its collective bargaining agreement and create a trust fund for retiree health care benefits.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVVA.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Audrey Sluss at (304) 324-0659. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.