This bill would allow states whose coal mining industries have been negatively impacted by federal regulations to offer retraining through the Dept. of Labor for coal miners that lost their jobs due to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Dept. of the Interior rules.
The following states would be eligible to enter into an agreement with the Dept. of Labor to retrain coal miners:
And any other state in which coal mining was a substantial part of its economy that has experienced a significant drop in coal mining over five years.
The agreement between states and the Dept. of Labor would require the state’s agency to make coal mining emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) payments to coal miners who are legally allowed to work in the U.S. and:
Have exhausted all rights to regular unemployment compensation under state or federal law for a benefit year;
Have no rights to regular compensation for a given week under state or federal law;
Aren’t receiving unemployment compensation for a given week from the Canadian government;
Are able and available to work, and are actively seeking employment.
States which enter into an agreement would have to offer specific reemployment services to each coal mining EUC recipient while they get benefits and also continuing to ensure that they’re eligible. One hundred percent of the coal mining EUC paid to individuals by the state would be reimbursed by the federal government for all states that enter into the agreement.
Compensation provided for by this bill would only be payable for 24 months after its enactment. No funding from the Unemployment Trust Fund could be used to compensate states under this legislation.