MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Members of the United Mine Workers of America employed by bankrupt Murray Energy have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement. Director of Communications and Governmental Affairs Phil Smith says the company’s debtors, who will become the owners of the new company that emerges from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, have agreed to accept the terms and conditions of the new contract.

“They’re going to able to keep their jobs, they’re going to be able to maintain their job classifications, they’re going to get hired tight back into the jobs they have now,”Smith said,”That was one of the main things we wanted to do.”

“Ratification of this agreement means that all our members who are currently working at Murray Energy will be employed

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