Mechel-Bluestone bounces payroll checks

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Had Enough

Clinton, TN

#1 Oct 30, 2009
Last Friday, all Bluestone-Mechel coal mines in West Virginia handed out payroll checks. They ALL BOUNCED!! over 600 of them!! It's now been one week and employees STILL haven't been paid. The lies being told are many and varied over why, but still no MONEY!!!!! Employees are incurring bank overdraft charges as well and bounced check charges and everyone's credit will be negatively affected. Many banks have told account holders that they will no longer cash Bluestone-Mechel payroll checks and employees will have to deposit checks and wait up to 10 days for them to clear from now on. Where is the money? All we are told is lies. Where is the Union? No where that I can see. Where is the Law? If I write a worthless check over $1000 dollars it's a felony, so what about the person who issues over 600 worthless checks at well over $1000 each? Not a damn thing so far. Where is the media? They were all over the story when Jim Justice sold the company to Mechel, but now that regular families are hurting, they're not interested either.
haha

Beckley, WV

#2 Oct 30, 2009
Looks like jim is a smart man get out when u can. sell it out to some fools.
rod

Chicago, IL

#3 Oct 30, 2009
haha wrote:
Looks like jim is a smart man get out when u can. sell it out to some fools.
Now they know what it is like for vendors of Jim Justice, Jim owed everyone in WV money and would not pay. He put several small businesses on Ragland Rd. out of business, because he would not pay his bills. CSX could not run the Greenbrier what makes him think he can? Run it with illegal aliens like he did the Briar Patch. Hey what a great idea.
informed citizen

Mount Hope, WV

#4 Oct 31, 2009
Perhaps you & other employees need to take it to the media yourselves.

Interesting read --

Mechel May Sell Shares of Mines Unit in 2010, List in Hong Kong

http://www.wealth.bloomberg.com/apps/news...

While protest groups here in WV protest Massey to death, even going to banks & trying to harass them from mine financing...they seem to be ignoring this huge company.

The link above mentions Bluestone & Mechel's plan to export more & sell shares of stock in Hong Kong & China.

Also mentions it's financing, since Mechel wants to acquire more coking mines in Australia & Africa.

"Mechel’s lenders, who agreed to restructure $2.6 billion of debt in July, imposed restrictions on further acquisitions.

Acquisition Opportunities

“If there will be a valuable acquisition opportunity, we hope we will be able to convince banks to approve it,” he said."


BTW, after acquisition by Mechel, Bluestone's focus changed:

"Bluestone, which previously supplied power stations and steelmakers, now focuses on higher-priced coking coal. Bluestone exports 90 percent of its coking coal to destinations including South Africa, China and Egypt, Polin said. Production at the unit has risen to 3 million tons a year and costs fell to $55 a ton from $125, he said."

Now, comrades - how do you like the new Amerika?
informed citizen

Mount Hope, WV

#5 Oct 31, 2009
I tried Charleston Gazette's Ken Ward blog to see (since he's apparently an expert on the coal industry in WV)if he'd heard anything about your complaint - but alas -- Ken apparently doesn't like my comments since none will go through & are caught by the "spam filter".

You can go here

http://www.topix.com/forum/state/wv/THLAFTB2L...

and here

http://gazettetattoo.com/

to read more about my problem with the Charleston Gazette Tattoo blog.
Worker

Chesterfield, MO

#6 Oct 31, 2009
I understand its a HUGE pain to deal with.My husband was one that had his check bounce i was contacted by the bank today and our money is now there. They also handed out alot of checks at work today. I think it was a honest mistake.
Beckleyian

Beckley, WV

#7 Oct 31, 2009
In Soviet Russia, mistake pays you!
Rick

Tarboro, NC

#8 Nov 4, 2009
Maybe he will honor those bounced checks at the casino ?
Dozer Daddy

Pineville, WV

#9 Nov 4, 2009
Rick wrote:
Maybe he will honor those bounced checks at the casino ?
What does the "PREACHER" have to say to you guys ? He usually knows what's happening. He shoots straight, RIGHT ?
Me too

Beckley, WV

#10 Nov 6, 2009
Rick wrote:
Maybe he will honor those bounced checks at the casino ?
Meschell has nothing to do with the casino and Mr. Justice has nothing to do with Meschell-Bluestone. He sold Bluestone to the Russian company.
WantClosure

Christiansburg, VA

#11 Dec 12, 2010
SO, this forum opened up over a year ago about bounced checks from Bluestone. No one ever confirmed you were paid. Why do people go to these public forums complaining, yet when the problem is fixed, they never come back on here and give some closure. I'm sure there was a logical explanation.

My husband works for Bluestone and has never had a bounced check. When the Justices owned it, Bluestone may have had problems, but they are not part of Bluestone now. I'm a proud wife of a Bluestone coal miner. And, he gets paid on time...always.
ttee

Lubbock, TX

#12 Dec 12, 2010
Had Enough wrote:
Last Friday, all Bluestone-Mechel coal mines in West Virginia handed out payroll checks. They ALL BOUNCED!! over 600 of them!! It's now been one week and employees STILL haven't been paid. The lies being told are many and varied over why, but still no MONEY!!!!! Employees are incurring bank overdraft charges as well and bounced check charges and everyone's credit will be negatively affected. Many banks have told account holders that they will no longer cash Bluestone-Mechel payroll checks and employees will have to deposit checks and wait up to 10 days for them to clear from now on. Where is the money? All we are told is lies. Where is the Union? No where that I can see. Where is the Law? If I write a worthless check over $1000 dollars it's a felony, so what about the person who issues over 600 worthless checks at well over $1000 each? Not a damn thing so far. Where is the media? They were all over the story when Jim Justice sold the company to Mechel, but now that regular families are hurting, they're not interested either.
There's no excuse for that, sounds like you guys need a class action lawsuit! I wish you the best of luck, its a very bad time of the year to be out of a paycheck you worked for....
payed on time

Poca, WV

#13 Dec 12, 2010
I worked there for about 4 years never had a problem with pay day or even cashing my check any where..
Quasar

AOL

#14 Dec 13, 2010
is this the only from for the new bluestone coal, and can some one tell me who to talk to about a JOB
and dose JACK steel work there???? Ha let me say something about the union..........MASSY ran it out of our state, you all are just paying for the old timers that got there time in...
Dave Mitchell

Beckley, WV

#15 Feb 23, 2012
I used to like working at Pay Car Mining but i just found out that i got demoted! I hate Pay Car now!!!!
union

Beckley, WV

#16 Jul 21, 2012
The union is nothing but worthless people who get paid while you strike and starve over toilet paper or whatever else. I am glad the union is out of this state. Everyone i know that worked for the union regrets its. My father in law worked 27 years for the union and had to fight to get his 200 dollars a month. Union officials are against coal just a bunch of hippies

“Pro Union - Enviro Vigilante”

Level 1

Since: Feb 12

Craigsville , WV

#17 Jul 22, 2012
union wrote:
The union is nothing but worthless people who get paid while you strike and starve over toilet paper or whatever else. I am glad the union is out of this state. Everyone i know that worked for the union regrets its. My father in law worked 27 years for the union and had to fight to get his 200 dollars a month. Union officials are against coal just a bunch of hippies
You're dumber than my ex wife's people!

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