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9/29/2004

Small victory against Horizon Natural Resources

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2004

U.S. District Court of Kentucky Issues a Temporary Stay of Federal Bankruptcy
Judge’s Aug. 31 Ruling Concerning Horizon Natural Resources
United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil Roberts Says
Stay is a Victory In Union’s Battle to Rectify A Great Injustice


This afternoon, U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Kentucky) Judge Henry R. Wilhoit Jr. issued a temporary stay of an Aug. 31 decision in U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court that granted Horizon Natural Resources the right to sell its properties. The temporary stay is in effect through Oct. 8 and effectively puts a hold on the sale. The stay does not impact Horizon’s voiding of its contract with the United Mine Workers of America or the company’s termination of health care benefits for its retirees and miners.
"While this temporary stay does not reinstate our contract or force the company to continue providing health care benefits, it does mean that a fresh set of eyes will soon be reviewing this case," explained Roberts. "We are hopeful that this new review of the great injustice that occurred in Lexington might cause this judge to reverse the horrible decision–with respect to our UMWA members–made on Aug. 31."
The request for a stay was filed in U.S District Court by the UMWA Health and Retirement Funds.

Commentary:
Folks the war is far from over and now is the time to take further action. Keep contacting your elected officials, the media and spreading the word. We can win this battle, but its going to take effort by everyone to get it done.
Use the Contact Congress Link on the right hand side of the page to find your elected officials and your local media. We can win this war if everyone pulls together.

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