Sunday, May 24, 2015

Murray cuts 829 W.Va. mining jobs, 589 uncertain

More than 800 West Virginia miners face unemployment this Memorial Day weekend, with another 589 alerted they may receive layoff notices this summer, after deep cuts announced Friday by Murray American Energy.
On the heels of a report in the Wall Street Journal, Murray American said it was eliminating 829 mining positions at coal companies in Marshall County, Marion County, Ohio and Harrison County.
A Friday afternoon statement from the company faulted the Obama administration, market factors and West Virginia taxes:
The 589 workers at the Monongalia County Coal Company were told some will be laid off indefinitely effective July 21. Corporate representatives did not indicate how many of those miners could be affected.
Murray American also announced the elimination of 249 jobs at facilities in Ohio and 162 in Illinois.
The fact media reports surfaced before Murray American’s release drew criticism from Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America

Murray American already furloughed several hundred workers earlier this year because of large stockpiles.