MINE WORKERS VOTES IN FAVOR OF NEW CONTRACT

BROOKWOOD – 70 Percent voted in favor of a new contract.

Coal Acquisition, who bought Walter Energy’s No. 4 and No. 7 mines, is taking over after Walter Energy filed for bankruptcy back in July.

With a new contract, both active and laid-off miners who are contacted will have an opportunity to go work for Coal Acquisition. But, to work there, they’ll take an hourly pay cut of $6 to $7.

Their benefits will be reduced as well.

Under Walter Energy, employee health care benefits were covered 100 percent, but they’ll now only receive 80 percent coverage while working for Coal Acquisition.

Worker callbacks will be based on seniority.

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