US Kentucky coal miners block train carrying coal shipment, claim they're owed pay

13:05  14 january  2020
13:05  14 january  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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Nearly three weeks later, the coal train sits idle, back at the mine . Alerted by news of the Harlan standoff, the Department of Labor intervened, asking Blackjewel’s mining operations in Harlan have been bought, and the new owners have pledged to pay the miners some of the money they are owed .

A coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky . Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty “The pay scale around here is ridiculous because coalminers , they deserve their pay , but there is no They have no intention of backing down until they ’ re paid what they ’ re owed . “We’re going to stay

A group of Kentuckycoal miners and their families stood on top of railroad tracks Monday and blocked a train hauling a large shipment of coal after they claimed that they were never paid for nearly a month’s worth of work, according to reports.


The miners, who work for Quest Energy in Pike County, claim they had worked since Dec. 16 without being paid. About 50 miners employed at the mine are owed for three weeks of work, the group at the track in Kimper told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“They won’t get their coal until we’re paid,” Kenny Collins, who operates a shuttle car at the underground mine, said. He said his power was cut off Monday, and he is owed more than $3,000.

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— Some Kentucky coal miners and their families stood on train tracks Monday to prevent a train Miners told the station they expected to be paid Friday, then were told to wait until Monday, when Miners at the tracks told the Lexington Herald-Leader about 50 miners are owed for three weeks of

On July 29, coal miners in Cumberland, Kentucky began blocking a train carrying more than million worth of coal to protest their former employer They say they will stay on the tracks until they get the wages they ’ re owed for the work they’ve already done. While Harlan County stands as the

Some claimed that they worked a 17-hour shift Thursday, expecting to receive a paycheck Friday, but the check never came, WYMT-TV reported. They said the mine then told them they would be paid Monday but the date was pushed back again.

The American Resource Corporation, which owns Quest Energy, issued a statement about the delay in workers’ pay but also refuted some of the protesters’ claims.

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In protest, coal miners blocked a train full of coal for months. Truckers blocked a highway in Kentucky in August in solidarity with coal miners who were demanding back pay after their employer, Blackjewel, went bankrupt.Credit Kristian Thacker for The New York Times.

A coal miners ' protest has one demand: The pay they say they are owed by their employer, Blackjewel, which declared Graham says he was briefed on Iran plot days ago. Trump tweets false claim about homelessness in California. Miners block coal train until company pays their wages.

“Some of the employees are behind 8 days and some 1 day on their payday. They will all be paid as we don’t take this lightly. They have been paid since the 16th, so we are not sure where that number is coming from,” the statement said.


“We do not work men 17 hours as stated. We work a very normal mining schedule. We value the employees greatly for their work and their future work. Given challenging markets we are focused on ensuring the longevity of the employment for all the men and women of our organization.”

The company did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Miners last summer in Harlan County held a similar protest when Blackjewel filed bankruptcy. The miners eventually were given a deal to be paid and let the train pass

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