More lay offs announced by Walter Energy…the same day an estimated 2,000 people rallied in Brookwood to protect their healthcare and pensions they say were promised to them from cradle to grave.
This time 129 workers from Jim Walter Resources No. 4 Mine have been laid off.
United Mine Workers of America members tell WVUA a WARN notice was put out to employees earlier this summer stating that up to 400 employees could be laid off. Walter Energy filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July and has posted losses each year since 2011.
The mine workers union is demanding Walter Energy pay for their employees healthcare benefits and pensions. Both current and retired Walter Energy employees we spoke with say they aren’t backing down. When we reached out to Walter Energy, they did not have a comment on the rally. Company spokesman Bill Stanhouse says the layoffs take effect October 14, 2015. Stanhouse says the job cuts are a result of conditions in the coal market. The mine is operating at reduced production levels.


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