Coal, Corporate Personhood & The Twilight of Labor Unions in America

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In light of the Supreme Court’s recent rulings in Harris v. Quinn and Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which have dealt another body shot to organized labor and further entrenched the idea of “corporate personhood” in our nation’s legal code, I feel it might be worthwhile to discuss a bankruptcy case from last year that presaged both of these decisions. The case IN RE PATRIOT COAL CORPORATION, is yet another instance of a troubling trend in our nation’s judiciary that places the bulk of the concern on protecting the rights of corporations and helping them to stay solvent, with little to no consideration of how their ruling may effect the workforces of those corporations.

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The actions relevant to the case began about six years ago when The Peabody Energy Corporation—the world’s largest privately owned coal company—decided to spin-off most of their…

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