Coal miners blocking coal shipment end protest

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In Harlan County, miners out of work have gathered in protest, hoping to get payment for their labor weeks after their final paychecks bounced. Source: Shane Smith

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Laid-off Blackjewel coal miners who were blocking a coal train in Harlan County have ended their protest

The protest started almost two months ago when the miners’ paychecks bounced after Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy.

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The miners gained national attention when they blocked a train hauling Blackjewel coal from leaving one of its mines.

The number of miners protesting began dwindling as court proceedings continued. Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley tells the Courier-Journal newspaper the remaining miners who were still protesting had found work.

The protest ended Thursday without the miners receiving their back pay.

Ned Pillersdorf, an attorney for the miners, said on his Facebook page they are in negotiations with the company and its creditors to get the money owed to the miners.

He says it will go to court-supervised mediation if no deal is reached by October 1.