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Bankruptcy Lawyers Mine Health Insurance, Strip Cash from Coal Miners

Bankruptcy Lawyers Mine Health Insurance, Strip Cash from Coal Miners
There was plenty in the complex deal to benefit bankers, lawyers, executives and hedge fund managers. Patriot Coal Corp. was bankrupt, but its mines would be auctioned to pay off mounting debts while financial engineering would generate enough cash to cover the cost of the proceedings. When the plan was filed in U.S. bankruptcy court in Richmond last week, however, one group didn’t come out so well: 208 retired miners, wives and widows in southern Indiana who have no direct connection to Patriot Coal. Millions of dollars earmarked for their health care as they age would effectively be diverted instead to legal fees and other bills from the bankruptcy.
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NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.

NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.
A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge recently ruled that T-Mobile U.S. is guilty of engaging in nationwide labor law violations. The ruling came after the NLRB rolled multiple complaints for illegal actions in Albuquerque, Wichita, New York City, and Charleston into one case.
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Sweet Move: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker’s Death

Sweet Move: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker’s Death
The temporary staffing business has been one of the fastest growing industries since the recession. It now employs a record 2.9 million people in the U.S. But the growth in blue-collar staffing has led to high injury rates and complaints about exploitation. Temps face a significantly greater risk of getting injured on the job than permanent employees. In Florida, for example, temps were about twice as likely as regular workers to suffer crushing injuries, dislocations, lacerations, fractures and punctures. Then there's the sugar plant in Pennsylvania.
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Michael Grabell
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Corporate Interests Change Lexicon for School Privatization into 'Education Reform'

Corporate Interests Change Lexicon for School Privatization into 'Education Reform'
A new book by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch sheds light on the growing fight by corporate interests to redo education laws and standards, in part to limit the power of teachers unions, in part to apply standardized testing (they sell) to sort America's children into data points on a normal curve used to sort the future workforce.
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Chaz Bolte
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MI Court Rules Union-Busting Right-to-Work Law Applies to All State Employees

MI Court Rules Union-Busting Right-to-Work Law Applies to All State Employees
A Michigan state appeals court has ruled that an anti-union right-to-work law applies equally to all state employees. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the law superseded the Michigan Civil Service Commission, which had be tasked with setting compensation prior to the legislation.
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