Luminant to lay off 160 employees at Tatum location by day after Christmas

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TATUM, Texas (KETK) – 160 East Texas Luminant employees are soon to be laid off, according to a notice from the Texas Workforce Commission.

A notice from the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system, which requires notice 60 days in advance of plant closures or mass layoffs, listed Luminant Mining Co. in Tatum.

The layoff date for these employees, according to the document, is Dec. 26.

According to a statement from Luminant, the employees impacted were informed earlier this year and are being provided severance benefits including lump sum cash payments based on service years, additional payments to help offset COBRA expenses, as well as outplacement services. Employees are also being made aware of other open positions within the company.

They called Liberty Mine’s closure part of Luminant’s long term fuel plan. Now the Martin Lake Power Plant is transitioning to 100% Powder River Basin coal.

See Luminant’s full statement below:

“As Luminant has planned for some time, the Liberty Mine that provided lignite to the Martin Lake Power Plant since 2014 will be closing by the end of 2021. The estimated 160-170 employees impacted were informed earlier this year. They are being provided severance benefits including lump sum cash payments based on service years, additional payments to help offset COBRA expenses, as well as outplacement services. Employees are also being made aware of other open positions within the company.

Luminant’s long term fuel plan has called to conclude mining at Liberty in 2021. The Martin Lake Power Plant is transitioning now to 100% Powder River Basin coal. Luminant deeply thanks and appreciates the men and women who’ve worked at Liberty and their dedication to powering Texas.”

Kyle Weeks, Luminant spokesperson

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