Miles Hoskins sorted through the dusty boxes of old papers and photographs. There were stacks of cancelled checks, some going all the way back to the 1880s. The people who had owned the old, run-down house had been hoarders, it seemed. A friend had bought the estate at auction, and thought Miles might be interested in some of the contents. There might be a piece of treasure in the heap.
Robert “Bob” Cox, President of Local Union 9800, is not only worried about how the failure of Congress to pass the Miners Protection Act will affect himself and his family, he is also concerned about the devastation that will come to his community if 22,600 retirees and their dependents lose their health care at the end of April. “It would affect everyone in the community,” Cox said.