Facing power outages and draining bank accounts, two coal miners in Kentucky blocked a train's worth of coal on Monday, demanding three weeks' worth of back pay before they would move.
The miners and their wives camped out in front of the train, which was pulling 120 cars, the majority of which were packed with coal the miners had dug out of the nearby mountain. The protesters said around 50 workers are waiting for three weeks' worth of pay, totaling $2,000 to $3,000 each.
"They will be paid as we don't take this lightly. We value the employees greatly for their work and their future work," said a spokesman for the company.
🔦 The coal industry, though it continues to dominate energy production, has faced challenging economic prospects in recent years as other energy sources like natural gas have arisen to compete with it.