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Governor Northam announces support for Virginia’s Blackjewel workers

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Christian Fernsby |
Kentucky miners employed by Blackjewel
America   Prior to its closure, the company had employed approximately 1,700 workers

Governor Northam announced additional support programs for former employees of Blackjewel, a West Virginia-based a coal mining operation that abruptly declared bankruptcy on July 1.

Prior to its closure, the company had employed approximately 1,700 workers across Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Kentucky, with over 450 coal miners and other workers based in Southwest Virginia.

Governor Northam has directed the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the standard week-long waiting period for unemployment benefits for affected employees, and has authorized overtime pay for Virginia Career Works representatives helping to connect displaced workers with job training programs and new career opportunities.

Additional community support programs and information sessions will be announced on the Virginia Employment Commission website and regional Virginia Career Works websites in the coming days.


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