Blackjewel miners who had checks bounce can call the Kentucky Department of Labor

After filing for bankruptcy, Blackjewel LLC shut down the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines near Gillette, Wyo. (MGN)
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HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Harlan County Judge Executive Dan Mosley is inviting all Blackjewel miners to the Harlan County Courthouse on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

"In a perfect world we'd all wake up in the morning and the money would be in everybody's bank accounts, and everybody would go back to work. That's certainly what I wish would happen, but if it doesn't we'll help the miners get the help that they need," said Harlan County Judge Executive Dan Mosley.

He will be handing out official letters for each miner to give to their creditors. Each miner can take as many copies as needed. The letter will tell creditors about the situation and ask that they extend or modify payments for 30 days. It will also ask creditors to wave fines. Creditors might not extend payment dates but it will give them a valid reason to consider doing so.

Mosley also invited East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) to the courthouse on Monday afternoon. Unemployment information will be provided.

"Some people have had trouble getting their unemployment benefits started so by having some people there to help with that, that will hopefully help people to get that going as well," said Mosley.

Mosley says unemployment information will also be provided in Letcher County on Wednesday at noon at the Letcher County Recreational Center.

Representatives from local contractor companies will be attending with information about open jobs with immediate placement opportunities.

Mosley contacted Kentucky Department of Labor Secretary David Dickerson. If you are a miner and your check bounced, you can call the department. The number is (502) 564-3534.

Officials at the courthouse will also be asking miners for information so they can reach out to non-profits.

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