Miners arrested in fight to end Peabody’s stealing of health benefits
By: Kay Tillow Sunday February 17, 2013 3:20 pm
St. Louis,MO. February 13, 2013. Shirley Inman was arrested for peaceful, civil disobedience as she protested at the Peabody Energy headquarters against the corporate threat to rob miners and their families of the health benefits they have earned. Inman, a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 2286 in Madison,West Virginia, spent 18 years driving a coal truck. Head held high, Inman faced arrest with a determination much greater than her petite stature. She is serious about this fight.
“If I can’t get my medication for my heart disease, I won’t be around much longer,” said Inman. “I’m a breast cancer survivor and I have coronary artery disease. Health care isn’t an option for me; it’s what I need to survive. I’ll do whatever it takes to make these corporate executives keep the promises they made – and if that means going to jail, so be it.”
Inman was arrested with nine of her union brothers, including UMWA Secretary Treasurer Dan Kane. This was the second set of arrests at Peabody Energy, and it looks like there will be more to come. On January 29 UMWA President Cecil Roberts was arrested with the first group, but he was not present for this rally because of negotiations.