Mine Union Cites Discrimination in Objection to Peabody’s Push to Give Bankruptcy Bonuses to 42 Office Employees

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:The United Mine Workers of America launched a challenge to a Peabody Energy Corp. effort that would free up millions in funds for retention payments to 42 “key employees,” calling the effort “inappropriate and unfair.”The objection challenges the company’s request to set aside at least $2.74 million for payments with the approval to increase that amount to $3.24 million with minimal notice.In early June, Peabody stated that the 42 employees provide “vital services” necessary for day-to-day operations and noted that in exit interviews employees have been saying they were seeking higher levels of job security than the coal industry currently offers. The employees include those working in finance, operations, legal, sales, marketing, human resources and information technology.The UMWA questioned the plan, asserting that the company’s “uncertain financial prospects” made such a request unreasonable.Further, the UMWA challenged the selected employees, arguing that the plan is “discriminatory” and should not include company “officers” as they are Peabody insiders.Full article: UMWA challenges Peabody retention plan, calling effort ‘inappropriate and unfair’ Mine Union Cites Discrimination in Objection to Peabody’s Push to Give Bankruptcy Bonuses to 42 Office Employeeslast_img read more

Alpena County Library selects contractor for upcoming renovation project

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena George N. Fletcher library has selected a contractor for their upcoming renovation project. They have decided to go with Meridian Contracting Services from Alpena.Library Director Eric Magness–Eubank says they have a good reputation working with older buildings and have used them for several smaller scale projects. He also said that the community has shown the library so much support and that was a big reason why they decided to stay with a local contractor. “We needed to do our part to ensure that much of the community’s money stayed within the community,” he said.The 46–year–old building will receive several improvements, including upgraded air conditioning. “We’re basically going to be putting a 21st century library in the shell of a 20th century building,” said Magness-Eubank.The library will be shut down throughout the renovations but will be moving to a temporary location early in August. That location has yet to be determined. The project is estimated to cost $3.7 million and is expected to be completed in June of 2021.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Meridian Contracting ServicesContinue ReadingPrevious Fire destroys John A. Lau’s Saloon and Restaurant in AlpenaNext Possible COVID-19 exposure at local restaurantlast_img read more