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EASTERN ASSOCIATED: NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD CHARGES UMWA WITH UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES

 CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Region 6, in Pittsburgh, has issued a complaint charging the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) with "engaging in unfair labor practices" in violation of the National Labor Relations Act, it was announced today.
 The complaint marked the NLRB's second major action against UMWA-sponsored violence in the union's strike against Eastern Associated and member companies of the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA).
 Earlier in the day, a federal court judge in Charleston granted the NLRB's request for an injunction against the UMWA's continued threats against coal companies in District 17 which covers a large part of southern West Virginia.
 "It's important to note that the UMWA, which has attempted to portray itself as the victim of unfair labor practices, has not only failed to file any charges but has itself been charged with such acts," said Terry Whitt, Eastern Associated Coal Corp. spokesperson.
 "Violence, intimidation and sabotage have absolutely no place in this or any other labor dispute."
 The NLRB's complaint, which was issued yesterday by the agency's Pittsburgh office, addresses UMWA strike-related activity at Eastern Associated's Federal No. 2 Mine, near Blacksville, Monongalia County, W.Va., and Tygart River Mine, near Fairmont, Marion County, W.Va.
 In its complaint, the NLRB said that the UMWA engaged in strike misconduct during June, July and August by conducting mass picketing and impeding entrance to Federal No. 2 Mine; by threatening "to inflict harm, injury and/or damage" to property of Eastern Associated supervisors and contractors at the same facility; by following "a vehicle occupied by employees of Eastern's subcontractor into the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" and ramming their vehicle into that of the subcontractor; by impeding access to Tygart River Mine, and by "restraining and coercing employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed" in the National Labor Relations Act.
 The NLRB's complaint, which consolidates individual charges filed earlier by Eastern Associated and its affiliate, Martinka Coal Company, which owns Tygart River Mine, names the UMWA International, UMWA District 31 and Locals 1570 and 1949, as well as individual officers and members of the union organizations.
 The NLRB said it will hold a hearing on the charges in its complaint starting Dec. 6 in Morgantown, W.Va.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Whitt of Eastern Associated or Mike Herron for Eastern Associated, 304-340-1710/


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