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Meeting Held for Laid Off Mine Workers


 It’s one of the industries the Mountain State was built on. But recent layoffs, new environmental regulations and an ever-changing world economy are making things tough on coal country.

It wasn’t the news dozens of local coal miners from the Ohio Valley expected to hear, when they were told they were off the job. 

In order to help figure out what happens next, a meeting was held on Wednesday in Marshall County. The goal was to find a way to support the men and women and their families.

Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Division of Rehabilitation Services and the U.S. Department of Labor were on hand to help. 

Deb Meredith, the state coordinator of Rapid Response for Workforce West Virginia said people need to understand it’s okay to ask for help. “People look at it as a handout but it really isn’t because we all pay for these services in case we get into this kind of a situation. If we lose our jobs, at least we know we have somewhere to turn,” she said.

If anyone interested missed Wednesday’s meeting, there will be more in the future throughout the entire state to help with the widespread mine layoffs. 

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