Laid-Off Kentucky Miners Head to Hearing to Request Back Pay

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In the wake of a coal company's bankruptcy, over a thousand miners in Appalachia and Wyoming are out of work and many without their last paychecks. Alton Strupp, Louisville Courier Journal

Reprinted from The Washington Post by The Associated Press on August 5, 2019.

As laid-off miners block coal trains in Kentucky, protesters are also taking a caravan to court in West Virginia to prod their bankrupt employer, who they say owes employees millions in back pay.

The Louisville Courier Journal reports former Blackjewel coal miners are boarding a bus and passenger vans Monday to a federal bankruptcy court hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, where a judge will decide whether to approve the sale of Blackjewel’s assets.

Contura Energy made a successful bid at an auction for the assets of three Blackjewel LLC coal mines.

Workers hope to push the judge to make sure they are paid amid the bankruptcy and the sale. …

The Washington Post 8/5

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