Hundreds Of Coal Miners Are Laid Off

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Hundreds more coal miners are out of a job after Appalachian Fuels Lays off employees in Pike County.

A letter sent to employees said the layoffs are due to weak market conditions.

No one from the Appalachian Fuels office in Ashland has returned our calls yet, but the letter says the layoffs are temporary.

We caught up with two of the workers now struggling to make ends meet.

Coal Miners Danny Coleman and James McKinley Akers went to work at Appalachian Fuels as normal over the weekend but when they got there, they got a letter telling them they no longer had a job, effective immediately.

“Just went in, all the equipment was packed up. That was it. Just didn't see it coming to me,” James McKinley Akers said.

The letter says the layoffs are due to weak market conditions.

Now the two men are joining the other estimated couple of hundred laid off Appalachian Fuels employees in the Pike County unemployment line.

“It's tough. You have to try and sign up on everything and try to get everything you can get. A person don't want to, but you have to. There just aren't any other jobs around right now,” Danny Coleman said.

Coleman and his wife have two young children they are worried about, “It's going to be rough, especially when you're used to, you know, the income,” said Coleman.

Akers and his wife are also struggling to make ends meet.

The notice says the layoffs are temporary and Appalachian Fuels managers hope to call them back to work when the market improves.

Now they are waiting to see.

The layoff notice says Appalachian Fuels hopes to call them back to work in a few months, but they cannot give a time frame.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by James Location: Ohio on Dec 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    The tired old Demorat mantra, "Bush's Fault". Nah, that dog won't hunt. You jerks blamed Bush from Day One for everything wrong that happened, from a supposedly "bad economy" to the fact that your crap stunk. Well, turnabout is fair play, and two can play that game. As of Jan 20th, 2009, this is all on Obama now. He's the one who said he'd bankrupt you if you wanted to build a coal-fired power plant. Bush never said anything like that.
  • by Craig Location: United States on May 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    Heather - can you explain the failed economic policies of the Bush Administration? If any of you "economists" will do a little research - there was Six-Years of economic growth under the Bush administration - the coinciding with the Dems taking over the hill, with the worst congress ever, drew the downfall of the economy. Franklin Raines, Barney Frank, Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, etc. enforced ninja loans and the equate - when in 9/2008 it was deemed by polls that BHO would win the election, the market crashed due to a large sell off in fear of capital gains taxes, as well as higher taxes for consumers gave the market instability - it continued up until and even today. As far as Fox news goes - what is it with you people? If someone isn't being critical of BHO you right away believe that people are being brain-washed? Look in the mirror, and get away from MSNBC and watch a news channel, FOX, that does show BOTH sides of an argument. Wait - that may be too academic for you!
  • by Craig Location: Florida on May 21, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    Wait - let me get this straight. The miners didn't see this coming? Hmmm - Obama, who was supported by the Coal Miners and their union, stated during the election that he was going to tax the hell of the coal industry - and you guys still supported him. Now there are those of you who will blame (Tommy from Clay Cty) Bush and senators from the state who have no power any longer because Kool-Aid drinkers bought into this? HA - you ain't seen nothing yet - good choice in presidential candidates - whoa! Hey Tommy - how's your job with ACORN doing?
  • by Melissa Location: Kentucky on May 2, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    This is a true story....My grandparents lived though the GD and told us Grandchildren, " You can not trust what our Government tells you, you must see things the way that they are for yourself and act on that, that is what is real." My husband works in Construction, we are living day by day now. These past few weeks we took all our savings and went back to the family farm, build us a rough 2 bedroom cabin(shack)out of pine logs and rough lumber and a tin roof. We are getting ready for the WORST. We built a smokehouse, hen house, pig pin and are growing a large garden. Buying up animals, guns and amo to hunt with. We are moving out there in 2 weeks from now. So I will not be on this computer anymore because we will not have any electric out there. We are going to use my husbands cell phone to try to keep him working and save money for the next 4 years. YOU ALL better do the same, get ready for the WORSE. TENT CITIES ARE EVERYWHERE and our GOV is lying to us all! Vote Obama out in 2012.
  • by wildbill Location: east,ky on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    the area we live in is just getting a little of what the rest of our country is getting a whole lot of,in time we will be back to normal.it takes time to over come the bush years
  • by KY Vietnam Vet Location: Pike on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    If you think it is bad now, just wait until the cap and trade bill is passed, our electric bills will go up, gas prices, food. But he is not raising taxes. I feel sorry for the seniors on a fixed income. This is the change that everyone wanted when they voted for BHO and now the worse is about to happen.
  • by Tommy Location: Clay County on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    oh my goodness you mean that Obama has put Kentucky coal miners out of a job, but of course, Kentucky has two (2) republican senators so kentucky must pay the penalty.
  • by grumpy on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    they do this so the supply will go down and raise the price
  • by Trusting God Location: Pike Co. on Apr 29, 2009 at 04:03 AM
    WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO PUT GOD BACK INTO OUR COUNTRY AND HAVE THE TRUST THAT WE ONCE HAD IN HIM TO TAKE CARE OF US AND THIS COUNTRY!!! HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN GOD PEOPLE AND TRUST HIM TO HELP US WITH THIS MATTER OF OUR COUNTRY. QUIT PLACING BLAME ON EACH OTHER AND WORK TOGETHER TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK. UNITED WE STAND DEVIDED WE FALL---- IN GOD WE TRUST
  • by Bill on Apr 29, 2009 at 03:54 AM
    Did we not have jobs when Bush was in office?Yes we did.Now all we have is a bunch of low life socialist,"parasites" running our nation.You better be planting a large garden if you exspect to eat for the next 4 years.We won't be able have or afford electric,or fuel to heat our homes.We will be living like all 3rd world countrys.Our nation is now leaderless.

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Register for Email
RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 43814582 - wkyt.com/a?a=43814582
Gray Television, Inc.