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Coal mine in West Virginia reopens with fewer workers amid contract conflict

Afew days after Seneca CoalResources LLC's PinnacleComplex was idled amid a conflict related to a new United MineWorkers of America contract, the West Virginia-based mine partially reopened onApril 14 with fewer miners, The StateJournal reported.

Mineemployees went against a tentative UMWA contract that would have slashed healthcare benefits.

Accordingto UMWA Local 1713 President David Jackson, a "partial realignment"of the agreement was prompted after an April 13 meeting between the company andthe union, but only 165 employees came back to work on April 14, while theother 120 employees were left jobless, said the report citing 59News.

Jacksonadded that Seneca and the union need to renegotiate a new contract for 2017,resulting to a vague future of the mine, wrote the paper.