Coal Miner Laid off today 1/4/13

Coal Miner Laid off today 1/4/13

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Not for sure

Jeremiah, KY

#1 Jan 4, 2013
Anyone heard anything about Alpha shutting down 3 mine sites today?
yeah

Cumberland, KY

#2 Jan 4, 2013
they did laid off 260 miners and said they wouldnt be called back,north fork 4 ,norhfork5,and cloverlick as of now
Hazard seam

Hindman, KY

#3 Jan 4, 2013
Gotta cut cost to be competitive. If this don't work the workers might be asked to take a pay cut and give up some benefits.
Sad Times

Macon, GA

#4 Jan 4, 2013
WYMT NEWS
1/4/13

Around 260 miners laid off in Harlan, Letcher County

Hundreds of coal miners were laid off Friday in Harlan and Letcher Counties.

Alpha Natural Resources announced they are idling four of their mines.

Three are in the Cumberland area of Harlan County, and one in the Partridge Community of Letcher County.

"Cutting jobs and laying off people is absolutely the worst thing, and we do not want to do that, but in this case it was necessary," said Samantha Davison with Alpha Natural Resources.

Company officials tell us they are streamlining operations and consolidating the region to operate more efficiently.

"The EPA regulations and the market conditions have made it so that in order that we remain more nimble and more durable, we have to make these tough decisions," said Davison.

Around 200 miners will be laid off immediately and another 60 will be offered positions at other operations.

"It effects all the grocery stores, department stores, just about down the line. There is an effect on everybody," said Mayor of Lynch John Adams.

Company officials say the employees will receive pay and benefits for the next 60 days.
seger

Manchester, KY

#5 Jan 4, 2013
the layoff was based on seniorty.
Skfbdkx

Tucker, GA

#6 Jan 5, 2013
Profit before people, that's how coal works.
FYI

Macon, GA

#7 Jan 5, 2013
name one company that puts the employee above profits, it's not just the coal companies
quizzy meto

Tucker, GA

#8 Jan 5, 2013
If there is no profit, then there is no company and no jobs. Making a profit is a company necessity.
swiveltail

Manchester, KY

#9 Jan 6, 2013
heard teco was shutting their doors in feb
hello

Whitesburg, KY

#10 Jan 7, 2013
seger wrote:
the layoff was based on seniorty.
I don't know where you got your info but senority had nothing to do with who got laid off because that would have been the right way to do it and they only do things the wrong way. There were alot of highly qualified men with senority that got laid off while they kept men that had only been there a year with no qualifications and it's only a matter of time before alpha screws over the ones that are left they are the worst company ever for treating there men like crap!!!
Actually

London, KY

#11 Jan 7, 2013
seger wrote:
the layoff was based on seniorty.
It would be nice if that were so, but they actually kept people depending on their positions, like they founds places for the superintendents, foremans, and chief electricians, but that's about it.

I know someone who has been with the company for more than 10 years, and he lost his job.

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