Miners in eastern Kentucky blocking train tracks ‘until they get paid’


(CNN) – Coal miners in eastern Kentucky are fighting for their paychecks from the train tracks.

Miners and their families are standing at a set of tracks on strike.

They say Quest Energy hasn’t paid them in nearly a month.

They were told to wait until Monday but the date was pushed back, so they’re blocking train cars filled with coal and they say they won’t go back to work until they get paid.

American Resources, Quest’s parent company, says some of the employees are behind eight days and some are behind one day on their paychecks.

The company says the payments are late because they’ve been working to make a few of their mines more productive, coupled with a short-term blip in the coal markets.

Perry County Coal in Eastern Kentucky, also owned by American Resources, laid off dozens of workers last month without warning.

Some of those workers say they’re missing paychecks too.

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(This story was originally published on January 14, 2020)

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