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COURT GRANTS PEABODY COAL RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST UMWA OBSTRUCTION AT LYNNVILLE MINE

 BOONEVILLE, Ind., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Warrick County Circuit Court today granted Peabody Coal Company's request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the United Mine Workers (UMWA) from obstructing traffic and creating a public safety hazard at the company's Lynnville No. 1 Mine, near Lynnville, Ind.
 The company requested the order because members of UMWA Local 9926 have "knowingly and intentionally" violated the law since June 7 by preventing coal trucks and other vehicles from entering or leaving the facility or crossing public roads.
 In granting the company's request, the court ordered UMWA picketers to cease any further obstruction of traffic and to limit the number of picketers to no more than two at any of the three intersections where the obstructions have occurred.
 Peabody Coal expressed concern that the UMWA is trying to provoke an incident and is resorting to acts that "put the safety of the public in jeopardy."
 "The UMWA has created a dangerous situation at Lynnville, and we are pleased that the court has acted quickly so that the public can drive on roads there without having to worry about their safety and Peabody Coal can conduct its operations free of illegal interference," said Ryan M. Tew, director-legal & public affairs for the company.
 Tew said a private vehicle was forced to swerve off Highway 61 on Thursday in order to avoid hitting a line of vehicles backed up on the highway because the UMWA would not let them into the mine.
 He also said UMWA members are "playing a dangerous game" by darting or walking in front of trucks used to haul coal at the mine.
 "These trucks provide very limited visibility for their drivers, and by darting in front of them when they are moving, UMWA members are putting their own safety at risk," Tew said.
 The company said in its request members of the UMWA local have walked in "a slow and close-file" line at the mine entrance and at county road crossings adjacent to the facility -- refusing requests to let traffic through and forcing drivers to wait for up to three hours.
 "These actions constitute criminal trespass and public and private nuisance," the company said in its request.
 "Acts like these do not produce job security," Tew emphasized. "Job security comes from keeping mines open, productive and competitive."
 Customers of high sulfur coal produced by mines like Lynnville are under increasing pressure to switch to different types of coal to comply with clean air laws, he explained.
 Approximately 200 UMWA members are employed at the Lynnville mine. They have been on strike since June 2 as part of the UMWA's selective strike against operations of companies that are members of the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association.
 -0- 6/11/93
 /CONTACT: Joe Klingl, 502-827-6935 or 6936, for Peabody/


CO: Peabody Coal Company, United Mines Workers ST: Indiana IN: MNG SU:

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