Harlan County Fiscal Court employees help Blackjewel miners file for owed wages

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Harlan County Fiscal Court employees said in order for Blackjewel miners to be able to claim their wages, they each have to submit a 410 form and submit it to the bankruptcy court.

The miners have to fill out the forms to say that they were owed wages.

Officials said the miners are eligible for those wages since they earned the money within 180 days before the bankruptcy petition was filed.

Harlan County officials also said the miners can also include contributions to their employee benefit plan, like retirement or an HSA.

The forms will be forwarded to the miners' lawyers, so they can be presented to the bankruptcy judge.

The miners said they are standing together, pushing to get the money that is owed to them.

"It's a shame that we all have to come here and do this today. But uh, you know, the one thing about coal miners you'll learn is, we all stick together. It's like a brotherhood. One hurts, we all hurt," said Blackjewel employee, Tony Cooper.

Fiscal Court staff said they worked through as many forms as they could Thursday and will also be filling out the forms with miners all day Friday.

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