Gov. Bevin: Labor Cabinet investigating Blackjewel miners' unpaid wages

After filing for bankruptcy, Blackjewel LLC shut down the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines near Gillette, Wyo. (MGN)
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Matt Bevin announced Monday that the Labor Cabinet will open an investigation into Blackjewel LLC.

The cabinet received multiple reports of unpaid wages for coal miners in Eastern Kentucky. Blackjewel reportedly issued paychecks to employees that bounced last week after the company declared bankruptcy.

“We will use every available tool within Kentucky’s statutory authority to help our hardworking miners and their families receive financial restitution,” said Gov. Bevin. “While this will not likely yield an overnight fix, I am confident that the Labor Cabinet will undertake a thorough investigation and determine the appropriate best path forward.”

If you have not received full wages from Blackjewel, contact the Labor Cabinet's Division of Wages and Hours at 502-564-3534. Representatives will be in Harlan and Letcher Counties this week.

“The Labor Cabinet takes this issue very seriously, and we will make every effort to fully investigate and, if necessary, prosecute these claims on behalf of Kentucky’s coal miners,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary David Dickerson.

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