Federal grant to help out-of-work coal miners

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used to help out-of-work coal miners in eastern Kentucky find jobs and receive training.

The grant request came from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky.

The DOL will issue $3,724,200 in National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), according to McConnell’s office.

The July bankruptcy of Blackjewel LLC, affected 1,100 coal miners in Central Appalachia, hitting Harlan County, Kentucky, particularly hard.

The last paycheck the miners received from Blackjewel bounced after the bankruptcy filing, leaving miners without a job, without insurance and struggling to pay bills.

The federal grant is designed to help all coal miners and their families affected by layoffs with employment and training services.

The affected Blackjewel miners are still fighting in court to receive the money they say the bankrupt company owes them dating back to July 1, 2019.


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