As many as 30 workers will be receiving unemployment checks following what some workers call the “beginning” of further cuts in the Rosebud Mining organization.
While there was no one available at Rosebud to confirm reports, it appears that over 20 positions were eliminated in Rosebud’s Kittanning operation on Route 422 and at least ten more in Starford, Indiana County.
Workers, who did not want to be identified, said that management officials began with discussing the layoffs with several individuals on Friday morning, and continued the layoffs as each shift reported for work throughout the day.
Workers said they were told the company was downsizing to cut expenses and cited escalating fuel costs as one of the issues.
These new layoffs strike yet another blow to Armstrong County’s struggling economy following the idling of 60 workers last month at the Reesedale Power Plant owned by First Energy.