"I'm kind of scared"; Miners anxious about upcoming court hearing

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CUMBERLAND, Ky. (WYMT) - Day in and day out Blackjewel miners and their loved ones continue to stay on the train tracks. They are exhausted but determined to get what is rightfully theirs.

"It is not an easy thing but whatever it takes for these coal miners to get their money we will stay to the end," said Donna Raliegh, whose husband is a former Blackjewel miner.

An emergency motion was filed by Blackjewel asking the court to lift the Hot Goods Motion because the coal on the tracks is deteriorating and losing its value.

"They really need to open their eyes and hearts to what has happened to us," said Former Blackjewel miner Chris Rowe.

The miners and their families are very nervous about the outcome of Friday morning's hearing.

"I'm kind of scared I don't know if it is going to be good news or bad news," says Raleigh.

Whatever happens though, they say they are not giving up.

"We started this because we don't have our pay and we won't walk away until we do," explained Rowe.

Continuing to stay on the tracks, until they receive the money they are owed.

"That is all they are wanting is their pay," added Raleigh.

The court hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning in Charleston, West Virginia.



 
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