labor http://kbia.org en Patriot Coal and United Mine Workers strike potential deal http://kbia.org/post/patriot-coal-and-united-mine-workers-strike-potential-deal <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The nation's biggest miners' union and Patriot Coal Co. say they have reached a potential settlement over the severity of wage and benefits cuts a bankruptcy judge had allowed the company to impose.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:16:00 +0000 Associated Press 38718 at http://kbia.org Patriot Coal and United Mine Workers strike potential deal Former Mo. lawmaker tapped for labor agency post http://kbia.org/post/former-mo-lawmaker-tapped-labor-agency-post <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former state lawmaker as acting director of the agency responsible for collecting unemployment insurance taxes and paying jobless benefits.</p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Wednesday that Nixon has named Ken Jacob to head the state Labor Department's Division of Employment Security.</p><p>Jacob, a Democrat from Columbia, will serve as acting director in place of Gracia Backer, who left the position without a public explanation. A permanent nomination requires Senate confirmation.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:02:14 +0000 Associated Press 31126 at http://kbia.org Former Mo. lawmaker tapped for labor agency post