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Navajo Transitional Energy Co Furloughs 101 Workers at Antelope Coal Mine

Coal News - Published on Mon, 25 May 2020

Image Source: NTEC Antelope Coal Mine
Farmington New Mexico US based Navajo Transitional Energy Co last week furloughed 93 hourly employees and laid off eight salaried staff at Antelope coal mine. It said “As COVID-19 continues to ravage the US economy, domestic demand for coal has declined. While we have taken steps to preserve as many jobs as possible, including temporary pay reductions, the continued decline has resulted in the need for additional workforce reductions at our Antelope mine near Gillette. As conditions improve, we will look to bring back the workforce and continue providing high-quality coal as we support the economic recovery of the region and the US.”

Furloughed employees were not given any severance, but are immediately eligible to apply for unemployment and the extra USDS 600 a week benefit being offered by the federal CARES Act for workers affected by the coronavirus.

This comes nearly a month after the company laid off 130 workers, 73 from its Spring Creek mine in southern Montana and 57 at Antelope. For NTEC, the 228 furloughs and layoffs over the past month represent a 27% reduction in the company’s PRB workforce.

NTEC is a new player to the Powder River Basin. Last fall, NTEC paid the bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy USD 15.7 million up front with USD 40 million expected down the line to assume operations of its three mines in the PRB.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 25 May 2020
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