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UMWA COMMENTS ON PEABODY ADVERTISING

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued this evening by the United Mine Workers of America in response to advertising purchased by Peabody Coal that will appear Friday in several coal field newspapers.
 After having failed to make its case to the many journalists who have been covering the strike by the United Mine Workers of America at Peabody, it is not surprising that Peabody has now reverted to actually buying space in newspapers to advance their corporate disinformation campaign.
 Since Peabody's parent company, the multi-national conglomerate called Hanson PLC, has made profits of some $2 billion as recently as 1991, it wouldn't surprise us if Peabody even decided to eventually purchase a few newspapers in order to spread its misleading accusations.
 However, there is nothing Peabody can say -- or has said in its advertising -- that alters two facts. The first fact is that some coal companies have provided the UMWA with the information we have a lawful right to. Those companies currently are engaged in contract negotiations with the UMWA and its workforce is not on strike. The second fact is that rather than comply with the UMWA's lawful information request Peabody refused and, because of Peabody's unfair labor practices, its workforce has been on strike since Feb. 1.
 Peabody has a choice. It can continue to generate misleading press releases and expensive newspaper ads or it can work to resolve the issues that triggered the strike. Sadly, Peabody seems committed to continuing the strike.
 -0- 2/25/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of UMWA, 202-842-7240/


CO: United Mine Workers of America, AFL-CIO ST: District of Columbia IN: MNG SU:

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