Kentucky miners end coal train protest after two months
A truck is loaded with coal at a mine on August 26, 2019 near Cumberland, Kentucky. CUMBERLAND, Kentucky (CNN) - Coal miners in Kentucky who began blocking the tracks of a train in late July after the company they worked for filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy have ended their protest, Cumberland Mayor Charles Raleigh said Saturday. Some of the former employees began their blockade of the coal train after it arrived on Blackjewel property in late July. Miners in settlement talksIn August the Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation donated more than $1 million to give 508 Blackjewel miners in immediate need $2,000 each. The coal train remains on the tracks and lawsuits are still ongoing.
Blackjewel miners protest after abrupt bankruptcy leaves workers without pay
Cumberland, Ky. It's day four of a protest by coal miners in Kentucky. Although mining jobs have increased 4% during the Trump administration, more than 35% have been lost in the last decade. The protest started Monday when Willig and other miners heard trains were about to haul $1 million worth of coal out of the mine where they used to work. Day and night, dozens of miners, family and community members have camped out on the railway. The miners eventually agreed to allow the trains through, but without the coal.cbsnews.com
Angry about no pay, Kentucky miners block coal train
WYMT via CNN(CNN) - Miners on Tuesday blocked the tracks of a coal train in Kentucky for a second straight day as part of a standoff between a coal company that filed for bankruptcy and left nearly 400 workers without work and pay for a month. Dozens of miners began showing up to block the tracks -- angry that they mined the coal, but didn't get paid for the work. Miners occupied their time playing cornhole on the train tracks; other times, they took turns forming a human chain to make sure the train could not move. "We get our money, this load of coal that's on this train can go by," miner Shane Smith told WYMT. He said many members of the community were pitching in to support the miners by bring food, water and chairs.