GoFundMe set up to help those affected by Blackjewel bankruptcy
Harlan County Community Action Agency is raising funds to assist the miners and their families who were affected by the Blackjewel bankruptcy.
Employees were last paid on June 28, but had their paychecks pulled from their bank accounts on July 1. Many have been left with negative bank account balances, unable to pay for basic needs, and wondering how they will be able to keep afloat.
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.
Gov. Ralph 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.
Impacted employees of Blackjewel LLC can file for unemployment benefits and access additional support online here, by calling the Virginia Employment Commissions’ customer contact center at (866) 832-2363, or by visiting a local Virginia Career Works Center.
To find a local Virginia Career Works Center, visit the Virginia Employment Commission website.
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