Cecil Roberts

President of the United Mine Workers (UMWA) of America Cecil Edward Roberts (R) stands with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka (L) during the AFL-CIO Convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, September 15, 2009.  (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

30 Arrested During Coal Miners Protest In West Virginia

Thirty people were arrested Tuesday as some 5,000 coal miners and their families protested bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.’s plans to cut benefits, a plan the United Mine Workers of America says amounts to a broken promise to tens of thousands of workers who made Patriot’s predecessor companies profitable for decades.