Coal Miners Shut Down Train Tracks In Protest After Co. Goes Belly-Up

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Despite Trump’s promises to keep the coal industry booming and then literally forgetting all about coal miners after getting elected, the industry is dying at a devastating rate for miners and their loved ones. These are families in distress, families in need, and families who don’t ask for handouts. Even when their company goes belly-up without paying them.

That’s exactly what happened to a group of coal miners in Kentucky who just found out that the company they work for filed for bankruptcy and doesn’t have the money to pay their workers their final checks.

Now, the former employees of Blackjewel LLC are protesting for their paychecks in the only way they know how. They are blocking the train tracks to get the attentions they deserve.

Protesters in Harlan County, Ky., on Monday, July 29, 2019. (Photo courtesy of WTVQ)

Chris Rowe is one of the stiffed miners. He said this to the media:

“Every one of us has families and kids to take care of, everyone of us wants what we earned. If it wasn’t for our community there would be so many families right now with nothing .”

You can see the protest in the video below. President Trump has yet to comment in the issue.

According to ABC 6:

“The peaceful protest entered its third day on Wednesday along the CSX railroad tracks in the town of Cumberland in Harlan County, Kentucky. With community support behind them, the miners said they will block the tracks into a Blackjewel mine until they are paid. It began with more than 20 miners and their families camped on tracks Monday night to block trains hauling coal from a mine in Cloverlick.”

“Several were still there Tuesday morning holding signs that say “no pay, we stay.” Miners did allow a train to pass Monday after police arrived, but have continued to protest and have again blocked the tracks. Community members are bringing the miners food and water.”

(Photo: Connor James/WYMT)

The railroad company that owns the tracks being blocked by the miners also gave a statement about the circumstance:

“We understand this is related to a dispute between the mining company and its workers. CSX has taken precautions to ensure the safety of our employees and hopes for a quick resolution. Any questions on the coal distribution arrangements should be addressed to the mining company.”