Religious groups criticize Patriot Coal creation

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new report criticizing Arch Coal and Peabody Energy for creating Patriot Coal was released Tuesday by two groups of religious leaders -- Interfaith Worker Justice and Religious Leaders for Coalfield Justice.

More than 23,000 working and retired miners, and their spouses, could lose health-care benefits, the report warns, especially in the wake of Patriot's recent bankruptcy filing.

"Schemes from the Boardroom: The War by Arch and Peabody On the Aging, Ill and Disabled" argues the two major coal companies moved their union workers to Patriot Coal to avoid paying health-care and other retirement benefits.

Read the full story from the Charleston Gazette