Construction workers in the state of West Virginia have struck for six weeks to demand better pay and conditions for their work, according to local media reports.
The strikers say the construction industry has a reputation for high-cost accidents and dangerous conditions, and have called on the company to stop contract work until it improves its safety.
On Saturday, the strike was called off after negotiations failed.
Workers also voted to strike for another six weeks, according a press release.
The workers are members of the West Virginia Construction Workers Union (WVCWU).
The union represents approximately 40,000 construction workers in West Virginia.
The union, which represents more than 400,000 workers, is one of the biggest in the country, with about 15,000 members, according the union’s website.
It represents construction contractors, subcontractors, and subcontractors that perform construction and other work.WVCU said in a press statement that the strike would last until the company is ready to reopen.
West Virginia is a coal-producing state, with nearly 10 million metric tons of coal production, according data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The state is home to the nation’s largest coal-fired power plant, and coal-dependent mines.
The coal industry employs more than 11,500 people.
The U.N. says West Virginia has the highest number of premature deaths from air pollution in the U, and that the state has the fifth highest rate of asthma deaths in the United States.