Walter Energy laying off 129 workers at Alabama coal mine

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About 130 people are losing their jobs at a coal mine west of Birmingham.

Walter Energy is laying off 129 workers at Jim Walters Resources No. 4 mine in Brookwood.

Company spokesman Bill Stanhouse says the layoffs take effect Wednesday night.

Stanhouse says the job cuts are a result of conditions in the coal market. The mine is operating at reduced production levels.

Walter Energy filed for bankruptcy in July and laid off nearly 200 people at a mine in Tuscaloosa County.

The latest job cuts were announced the same day former miners rallied in Brookwood in a demonstration to keep their health benefits and pensions.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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