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Saturday, April 18, 2015

here's what frack workers (jobs, jobs, jobs) have to look forward to once the few have made their killing destroying our landbase

"We are a group of united Consol Energy retirees fighting for the reinstatement of our healthcare benefits and for the right of Consol Energy retirees, present workers, and future employees. In December of 2013, Consol Energy Inc. completed a sales agreement with Murray Energy Corp. for five mines, affecting more than 1,200 Consol retirees with various assets and liabilities in the agreement. In a letter we received on March 14, 2014, Consol informed us that the Consol Plan for benefits would be terminated for salaried retirees, spouses, and widows/widowers on March 31, 2014 and Murray Energy Corporation would assume financial responsibility for our benefits after that date. On April 8, 2014, we received another letter from Murray Energy Corp. informing us that Murray would only continue our benefits and coverage until December 31, 2014, at which time our benefits would be terminated.
We put in decades of services and loyalty to Consol Energy. Many of us left the protection of the union because Consol had shown loyalty to past employees and retirees in return. Now Consol has turned their back on us and the other men and women who built Consol into a successful energy company and energy provider.  Consol has unloaded the responsibility to provide health benefits to their retirees onto Murray Energy, referring to covering the benefits for their retirees as a liability. Consol used the sale of their mines and assets to Murray Enegy as a scapegoat from their responsibility to their retirees. We retired from Consol not Murray and Consol has an ethical obligation to not leave us in the dust. We are committed to holding Consol accountable and getting our benefits restored."