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MURPHY INTRODUCES LEGISLATION AIMED AT PROTECTING MINING JOBS

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Rep. Austin J. Murphy (D-Pa.) today introduced legislation aimed at protecting coal miners from the unfair business practices of some coal companies. Said Murphy: "Over the past few years, coal companies have been engaging in a kind of shell game to avoid their contractual obligations with the UMWA. It's called double-breasting, and it serves no purpose other than to deny miners jobs they have earned and inflict undue hardships on their families and the communities in which they reside. My legislation strives to harness this practice and bring trust and honor back to the coal fields."
 Murphy's bill, the "Bituminous Coal Mining Industry Labor Law Amendment of 1993," will work to end the practice of double-breasting -- when parent coal companies create subsidiary entities for the express purpose of avoiding their contractual obligations and hiring non-union workers. It accomplishes this by narrowly defining what comprises a parent company and the steps that must be followed when setting up such a subsidiary.
 "I am not only concerned about the union miners who have been hurt but also their families. There is no way for those union families to plan their futures because they do not know if the collective bargaining agreements will be honored by the coal companies," said Murphy. "That is why I have introduced this legislation to end double-breasting," he asserted. "The goal is to build a level of trust between employer and employee. Such trust is absolutely necessary if we are to have positive labor-management relations in the coal fields and so America can successfully compete in today's global economy."
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Attention radio stations: Remarks by Murphy on this new legislation are available by phone patch. Call 312-399-1861, access code: 8692. Follow instructions, and be ready to immediately roll tape. Your coverage is more than welcome./
 /CONTACT: Joe Wise of the Office of U.S. Rep. Austin J. Murphy, 202-225-4665 or, after hours, 202-543-3552/


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