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Kiewit Corp’s Buckskin Coal Mine in Wyoming to Furlough Workers

Coal News - Published on Wed, 05 Aug 2020

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Workers at the Buckskin coal mine north of Gillette in Wyoming in US will have to take two weeks of furlough in the next couple of months in a move to reduce costs amid a prolonged weak thermal coal market. Omaha Nebraska-based Kiewit Corp announced that Buckskin workers have been informed of the furloughs, which will be done a week at a time once this month and another next month. Company spokeswoman Ms Jessica Jensen said “Due to market conditions, the Buckskin Mining Co has communicated to our employees a planned two-week furlough beginning in August. Each crew will be furloughed for one week in August and one week in September. No employees are losing their jobs or their benefits.”

The mine employed 187 workers and produced 2.3 million tons of coal in the second quarter of 2020, down by 48%, compared to the same period last year.

In March near the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wyoming, 60 Buckskin workers were laid off.

Wyoming coal mines have laid off or furloughed over 600 workers since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Industrial demand for electricity has waned with stay-at-home orders and a constricted economy. Coal production across Wyoming's 16 coal mines contracted by 34% during the second quarter, in contrast to the second quarter of 2019.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 05 Aug 2020
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