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Coal layoffs impact local business

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One local diner might have to close its doors because of recent layoffs in the coal industry.

The Dinner Table in Marmet got much of its business by delivering food to major coal companies in the area, according to the owner, Cindy Cummings. But now those companies have laid off hundreds of miners in the past year alone, the Dinner Table has lost these major orders, which generated thousands of dollars per month.

Cummings laid off five of her own employees because she could not pay these workers wages.

"Right now, I can't keep going the way I am," Cummings said. "If business does not improve, we will be out of business by the end of the year."

Cummings and her husband are the only people who cook, clean, serve, and work the cashier. One other person works part-time for the couple.

They say they need to first see change within the presidential office in order to see change within their business, as their diner is highly dependent on the coal industry.

United Mine Workers of America members filed a lawsuit against Peabody Energy and Arch Coal Tuesday.

The eight active and retired members who filed a class action lawsuit said they will do everything in their power to protect retiree benefits that could be in jeopardy.

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