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More than half of Grande Cache Coal employees facing layoffs

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The Canadian Press is reporting that as many as 250 employees at Grande Cache Coal are at risk of losing their jobs.

On Monday, the United Mine Workers of America served notice to union members that it will stop operating the strip mine and coal cleaning plant as of February 3.

Of the 450 workers currently employed by the operation, only about 200 would be kept on to continue operating the underground portion of the mine.

The loss of 250 workers will likely have a considerable impact on the nearby town of Grande Cache, which has a population of 4000 people.

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The cuts are blamed on low coal prices, though the company says this is only a temporary fix until prices recover.

Photo via gccoal.com

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