Target: Patriot Coal Corp. of Missouri
Goal: Demand Patriot Coal Corp. reinstate workers’ health insurance benefits
Fossil fuel workers put their lives at risk every day, but Patriot Coal Corp. of Missouri has decided to abolish health benefits for their employees. This is a dangerous act considering the wear and tear a coal miner’s body goes through. Patriot Coal should not be allowed to get away with this – we need to speak out against it.
The coal industry is notorious for the exploding coalmines and burning oil rigs that kill many workers each year. Not only do coal miners risk death on a daily basis, but they can face severe health problems when they retire as well. Many suffer from black lung disease and depend on their health insurance to keep them alive. Taking away this benefit will cause miners long term suffering, continuing long after their retirement from the industry.
The coal industry presents many a dangerous working environment, and not everyone can perform the jobs it necessitates. Coal workers are simply trying to support themselves and their families. Taking away the only benefit they have from their job will deter people from working in the industry. Sign the petition below to ask Patriot Coal Corp. to give its workers back their health insurance.
Dear Patriot Coal Corp.,
Your workers put their lives at risk every day in some of the most dangerous working environments in our country. They can be injured or killed unexpectedly, leaving their families with nothing. Their health insurance is the most important reason they continue their jobs, and taking it away from them is unfair.
The workers that survive mining and retire are often left with severe lung diseases that require constant medical care. Their quality of life depends on this health insurance, and taking it away from them can lead to serious medical issues that could be fatally damaging to their bodies.
The risks of coal mining are incredibly severe. If health insurance is no longer offered in the industry, then the severity of the job will become completely clear and the industry may see a decrease in employment. We are asking you to please give these workers their health insurance back. Their quality of life depends on their treatment and their job is too serious of a risk to not receive care.
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