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KEMMERER, Wyo. (AP) — A labor union official says he's confident miners in Wyoming will keep their jobs after a coal mine changes ownership.

More than 200 jobs are at stake while Westmoreland Resource Partners sells the Kemmerer coal mine to lenders. Westmoreland recently went through bankruptcy.

The new operator will be North American Construction Group, a Canadian company specializing in mine reclamation. The Casper Star-Tribune reports some view the company as a sign the Kemmerer mine faces closure.

Mike Dalpiaz with United Mine Workers of America says the mine might have a better future than was previously thought possible because its new owners will look for new markets for the coal.

Dalpiaz says collective bargaining with the mine's new owners is going well.

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