The Blackjewel coal miners protest continues

Coal miners who blocked train tracks in Kentucky demanding to get paid for the coal they mined will benefit from a federal deal with the bankrupt company.

HARLAN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Blackjewel Coal Miners protest in Harlan County continues.

Saturday the attorney representing the miners, Ned Pillersdorf broke the news to them saying the courts want Blackjewel and the miners to reach an agreement outside of court.

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The miners have been protesting on the train tracks in Harlan County blocking coal from leaving the mines since July.

Asking for the money the company owes them after checks bounced.

Pillersdorf said while it might seem like bad news for the miners it’s what needs to happen.

“If we didn’t go to the bargaining table this would drag on and that’s intolerable. We’ve gotta get this resolved sooner rather than later. The miners are running out of money,” Pillersdorf said.

Chris Rowe is one of the miners protesting. He said the group isn’t going to give up.

“You’ll have setbacks in anything that you do. The way that we try to look at it, a few little setbacks will make us try that much harder. You can’t give up, don’t lay down and we’re not going to,” Rowe said.

Attorney Pillersdorf said the negotiations are scheduled to start October 1st.