Now, the production is used to offset the loss of production from the idling of Dal-Tex. Technically, the coal produced isn't filling Dal-Tex orders, but it is being used to offset financial losses from the idling.
The new mine created about 100 new jobs, Todd said.
Todd said the new truck-shovel spread at nonunion Samples increased production there by about 1 million tons. That coal was also supposed to be new production, but is now offsetting the Dal-Tex idling, Todd said.
About 30 new jobs were created at Samples, Todd said.
Arch Coal hired 22 laid-off UMW members from Dal-Tex and its Wylo Mine in Logan County for job openings at Samples, Todd said.
Also, a loader spread from Dal-Tex was moved to the Hobet 21 operation in Boone County, Todd said. About 18 new jobs were created there, he said. Hobet 21 is a union mine.
Todd declined to discuss specifics of how many laid-off UMW members from Dal-Tex or other Arch Coal operations were offered the new jobs created at Hobet 21 or Mingo-Logan.
Under the UMW contract, laid-off union miners are supposed to be offered three out of every five new jobs at all Arch Coal mines - including nonunion ones.
"This is a matter between the UMWA and the company," Todd said. "That involves personnel issues, and we probably will not get into that."
Dave Evans, a UMW District 17 board member in Logan, said he doesn't have a problem with how Arch Coal has filled its new job openings. The company has offered laid-off union miners most of the jobs, Evans said.
"To my knowledge, Arch has lived up to its obligations," Evans said.