After coal haulers went on strike on Monday, Jan. 21, at two Liggitt mines in Harlan County, KY, because of nonpayment of wages since November 2012, a spokesman for the mining company said the drivers received their November wages later that same day.
As of press time on Friday, Jan. 25, drivers were also supposed to receive their December 2012 wages. The wages were also agreed upon following the strike, according to Todd Case, spokesman for Southern Coal Corp., which is owned by the Justice Corp.
Case said problems with some of the coal haulers’ invoicing resulted in the nearly two-month delay in getting the drivers paid.
“We have to have scale tickets that match the invoices the drivers turn in,” Case said. “We are trying to get them responsible to keep the ticket and turn them in because for auditing purposes and royalty purposes, the two have to match up.”
Case, who used to own Todd Case Trucking of Louisa, KY, sold his fleet of about 100 trucks to the Justice Corp., but still manages the day-to-day coal-hauling operations for Case Trucking LLC.
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