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PEABODY COAL SUSPENDS MINERS FOR INSUBORDINATION

 HENDERSON, Ky. June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Peabody Coal Co. today confirmed it has suspended, with the intent to discharge, 163 employees at Camp No. 1 Mine, near Morganfield, Ky., for insubordination after they shouted, screamed and refused a direct order to allow management to discuss routine issues with them.
 The employees are members of the United Mine Workers (UMWA), which is selectively striking three other Midwest operations of Peabody Coal and several other mines operated by Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA) members.
 The issues planned for discussion at the meeting included mine safety, the impact of clean air laws which take effect next year, economic pressures affecting markets for the mine's high-sulfur coal, declining coal prices and news reports about the labor dispute.
 "This is clearly an effort by the UMWA leadership to prevent management from talking to non-striking employees, on company time, about these very important day-to-day issues affecting the future of their mines and their jobs," said Joe Klingl, Peabody Coal spokesman.
 Klingl said that over the past several years, Peabody Coal senior managers have been meeting regularly with employees at the company's mines to help improve safety performance and to discuss competition in sharply declining high sulfur coal markets.
 UMWA officials are invited to attend these sessions and individual miners are offered the opportunity to speak and present their ideas. Local, district and international UMWA officials were present at today's regular employee meeting, and made no attempt to quiet workers.
 -0- 6/4/93
 /CONTACT: Joe Klingl of Peabody Coal, 502-827-6935 or 6936/


CO: Peabody Coal Co.; United Mine Workers ST: Kentucky IN: MNG SU: PER

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