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Jim Justice Coal Companies Owe Unpaid Benefits - Retired Miners

Coal News - Published on Wed, 21 Aug 2019

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WV Record, citing four retired miners and their union, reported that coal companies owned by Governor Jim Justice owe them unpaid medical benefits. James E. Graham II, Dennis Adkins, Roger Wriston, David B. Polk and the United Mine Workers of America International Union filed the lawsuit August 15 in US District Court. Justice Energy Co, Keystone Service Industries Inc, Bluestone Coal Corporation, Double-Bonus Coal Co and Southern Coal Corporation are listed as defendants.

In the 16-page complaint, the plaintiffs say the companies have failed to pay health and prescription costs as promised under a national agreement. They claim the companies have violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

The union said that these claims haven’t been paid since 2017 when Justice took office as governor. It also says the companies, without advance warning, canceled retiree medical and drug coverage effective July 1 of this year. But, it says partial coverage was restored the following day. They claim similar periodic cancellations and restorations have occurred before.

Meanwhile, the complaint lists the specific medical situations faced by each of the four individual plaintiffs.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Wed, 21 Aug 2019
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