EDITORIAL: Keeping Faith With Miners
Santa Claus may be coming early to thousands of men and women who provided more than a few lumps of coal to millions of their fellow Americans.
The near-collapse of the U.S. coal industry — partly as a result of federal government action — has left as many as 100,000 retired miners and their families in dire straits. For many years, their pension system, operated through the United Mine Workers of America, was supported by payments from coal companies. But those payments were based on tonnages of coal mined, and those numbers have plummeted during recent years.
Without intervention, the miners’ pension program could become insolvent as early as next year.