Coal miners across the Tri-State cast their votes today. Members of the United Mine Workers of America are deciding whether they'll accept a proposed settlement from Patriot Coal. The settlement, announced earlier in the week, comes after a bankruptcy judge allowed Patriot Coal to back out of its contract with UMWA.
Some union officials urged members to ratify the new agreement. One of the key provisions is the restoration of nearly all wage cuts, but some benefits won't reach pre-bankruptcy levels.
The settlement is a far cry from the contentious relationship between the miners and Patriot Coal a few months ago. Miners staged numerous protest across the country, including one in Henderson. They accused Patriot Coal of breaking its promise to miners. Patriot Coal has said it didn't have a choice and it didn't plan to file for bankruptcy.
The results of the voting are expected to be announced Friday evening.