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Coal company will pay miner while he pursues claim

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - A coal company has agreed to pay an
eastern Kentucky coal miner while he pursues a claim that he was
fired for trying to improve safety.
Cumberland River Coal Co. agreed to pay Charles Scott Howard
$1,753 a week, his salary for 40 regular and 20 overtime hours a
week, continue other benefits and pay him retroactive to May 16,
the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Howard is to stay away from
Cumberland River Coal's mine.
Howard, of Letcher County, was fired May 16 as he was preparing
to return to work after being injured in a mine accident in July. A
federal judge ordered the company to reinstate Howard on June 15.
Howard has filed numerous complaints about unsafe conditions and
testified to a congressional panel about mine safety.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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