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Blackjewel Coal Miners Continue Blockade Demanding Earned Wages

Coal News - Published on Fri, 20 Sep 2019

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Daily Wire reported that out of work miners blocking a load of Blackjewel coal from leaving a remote part of south-eastern Kentucky have been told by their lawyers that the matter won’t be resolved until October at the earliest, as a federal bankruptcy court wants negotiators to reach an agreement without judicial intervention. Mr Ned Pillersdorf, an attorney representing several former Blackjewel coal miners, said "If we didn’t go to the bargaining table this would drag on, and that’s intolerable. We’ve got to get this resolved sooner rather than later. The miners are running out of money."”

Mr Pillersdorf said he met with about fifty miners and their families at the protest site over the weekend. He told them his legal team had shifted gears into a negotiation strategy with Blackjewel because Murphy’s Law has kicked in, claiming an intense battle between the US Department of Labor and Blackjewel had brought the bankruptcy proceedings “to a virtual halt.

Demonstrators have occupied a set of railroad tracks in Harlan County since July 29 after Blackjewel LLC issued bad checks to hundreds of coal workers in the area before abruptly declaring bankruptcy. Some miners are owed more than three weeks in back pay and have vowed to continue with the blockade until they are paid what they earned.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 20 Sep 2019
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