Former Blackjewel Workers Still Looking for Answers in Wake of Layoffs

Jul 11, 2019

More than a hundred coal miners and family members gathered Wednesday in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in an attempt to get their pay from failed mining company Blackjewel. The country’s sixth-largest coal company filed bankruptcy last week, and many of Blackjewel’s 1,100 workers across Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia are suddenly out of work. As Brittany Patterson reports, most are still waiting for back wages as well as answers about the company’s future.

Also on today’s show, as U.S. immigration policies remain in the spotlight, reports about children separated from their parents, and about conditions at some of the southern border camps have many people concerned.

U.S. Congresswoman from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez famously referred to those camps as concentration camps, drawing condemnation from the left and the right. To get a better understanding of what these places are and what they should be called, Us & Them podcast host Trey Kay spoke with Parkersburg native Andrea Pitzer, author of “One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps” to get her take on the situation.

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