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COURT STRENGTHENS ORDER AGAINST UMWA OBSTRUCTION AT LYNNVILLE MINE

 BOONVILLE, Ind., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Warrick County Circuit Court today strengthened its order against striking members of the United Mine Workers (UMWA) threatening public safety and illegally interfering with Peabody Coal Company's operations.
 "We are pleased that the court has issued a preliminary injunction, which will preserve law and order and protect public safety that has been jeopardized by deliberate acts of the UMWA," said Ryan M. Tew, Peabody Coal Company's director of legal and public affairs.
 "People could have been hurt as a result of the UMWA's irresponsible actions," Tew said. "Today's court order restores safety to the picket line."
 The preliminary injunction establishes 25-foot buffer zones around the entrance and road crossings at the company's Lynnville No. 1 Mine near Lynnville, Ind. The court's action replaces a temporary restraining order issued last week against disruptions by the UMWA outside the mine.
 UMWA members and supporters deliberately halted traffic for hours at a time outside the mine by crossing the roads very slowly or driving automobiles at a crawl.
 "This order by the court means that the company will continue to be able to conduct necessary operations to fulfill existing contracts without union-inspired hazards to company personnel and to the public at large," Tew said.
 A private vehicle was forced to swerve off the road last week in order to avoid hitting a line of vehicles backed up on the highway because the UMWA was preventing trucks from entering mine property, Tew said.
 "The court has ruled that UMWA's actions impeding traffic must cease," Tew said. "Such activities are also counter-productive, since they do not produce the type of job security the union says it is seeking. Job security comes from productive, competitive mines. We hope the UMWA will immediately return to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair and competitive contract."
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 /CONTACT: Joe Klingl of Peabody Coal Company, 502-827-6935 or 6936/


CO: Peabody Coal Company; United Mine Workers ST: Indiana IN: MNG SU:

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