Protesting miners learn details about Blackjewel bankruptcy proceedings


HARLAN, Ky. (WEHT) — Hundreds of coal miners in eastern Kentucky are learning more about bankruptcy proceedings concerning money they are owed.

Mine operator Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy on July 1, leaving workers in limbo.

Their checks bounced in July, and they’re owed $2.6 million in wages.

They’ve been protesting for more than a week at railroad tracks used to transport coal.

A lawyer working with the miners said Kopper Glo Mining bought the mines in Harlan and Letcher counties.

The company committed to paying the miners $450,000, and $550,000 over the next two years.

It also wants to open the mines and get as many miners as possible back to work.

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(This story was originally published on August 8, 2019)

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