'Talk About Direct Action Getting Results': Bankrupt Blackjewel Agrees to Pay Over $5 Million to Laid Off Coal Miners Who Blocked Train Tracks

September 11, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Progressives on Friday highlighted the power of direct action following a series of federal court settlements this week that will provide coal miners who blocked train tracks in Kentucky for nearly two months this summer to protest against unpaid wages from their bankrupt employer, Blackjewel LLC, with over $5 million in back pay.

Congratulating the laid off coal miners on their victory, longtime labor advocate and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) tweeted Friday, “When workers stand together, fight back, and demand an end to corporate greed—they win.”

In August, Sanders sent 18 pizzas to the protesters and, while visiting Kentucky, called out Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for ignoring the laid off workers. McConnnell has represented Kentucky in the Senate since 1985.

Sanders’ tweet Friday came in response to Washington Post journalist Jeff Stein, who commented, “Wow, talk about direct action getting results,” and shared a report about the court settlements.

According to The Associated Press:

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