Kentucky coal miners end protest with paychecks

PIKEVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — A group of Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track for three days over unpaid wages have ended their protest, claiming victory with their paychecks.

Miners and their families began standing on the tracks leading from Quest Energy in Pike County on Monday, preventing a train loaded with coal from leaving. The miners said they hadn’t been paid since last December 16.

The few miners who remained on the tracks on Wednesday evening told news outlets they were leaving because they had received payment, which included overtime pay, vacation days, all other money owed to them and this week’s check in advance.

Miners said they were supposed to have been paid last week, but then the date was pushed back to Monday, then on Wednesday.

Miners, who say they haven’t been paid in nearly three weeks, set up a tent at the site where they block a coal train in the Kimper area of Pike County. PHOTO: AP