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Politicians fight over how to help Blackjewel miners

Posted at 5:52 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 05:52:42-04

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Out of work coal miners in Harlan County are getting more support as they continue to wait for back pay.

And Democratic politicians now are calling out U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump over the protest.

The community has been helping the miners, through donations and even social media.

The public Facebook group "Blackjewel Employees Stand Together" is a place where members share protest updates, employment leads and even just positive messages.

As supporters connect online, the miners also are receiving backing from Democrats including presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and candidate for Senate Amy McGrath.

McGrath released a campaign ad calling out McConnell on the issue. Sanders did the same when he held a campaign rally over the weekend in Louisville.

"We stand with coal miners in Harlan County who aren't receiving a pay check and we ask Mitch McConnell to demand that these workers get paid as soon as possible," Sanders said at the rally.

The miners also have been asking Trump to help resolve the issue.