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EASTERN ASSOCIATED: FEDERAL COURT GRANTS NLRB REQUEST FOR INJUNCTION AGAINST UMWA THREATS AND INTIMIDATION

 CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal court in West Virginia today granted the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) request for a preliminary injunction against the United Mine Workers of America's (UMWA) continued threats and intimidation of coal companies' employees and contractors.
 "This is particularly timely because of the warning of increased UMWA violence made at the union's press conference yesterday," said Terry Whitt, spokesman for Eastern Associated Coal Corp. headquartered here.
 "Violence, intimidation and sabotage have absolutely no place in this or any other labor dispute."
 The injunction, issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston, applies to UMWA activity affecting any coal producer's or contractor's operations within UMWA District 17, which covers the southern part of West Virginia.
 In issuing its injunction, the court authorized the U.S. Marshals to "take all actions deemed necessary to enforce" the order.
 "Everyone should applaud this action by the federal government to restore peace to the coalfields," Whitt said.
 The court's order specifically prohibits the union and its members from engaging in mass picketing or blocking entrances to coal producers' facilities; hindering coal company employees, supervisors or contractors while traveling on public roads; threatening employees or supervisors; inflicting or attempting to inflict damage or injury to employees or property, or possessing or brandishing weapons, including "firearms, wristrockets, jackrocks, steel plates, baseball bats and clubs."
 All the weapons listed have been used in strike-related violence against employees, contractors and facilities of Eastern Associated and other members of the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA), the multi-employer bargaining group involved in the dispute with the union, Whitt said.
 In July, Eastern Associated and five other BCOA members asked the National Labor Relations Board to seek an injunction against "escalating violence and intimidation" by the UMWA.
 In their request, the companies pointed out that the UMWA was fined $52 million by a Virginia state court for violence during its 1989 strike against Pittston Coal Group. With interest, the fines now amount to approximately $65 million. The fines were upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court in January, and the case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this week, the Justice Department said it intends to ask the Supreme Court to uphold the fines.
 -0- 9/3/93
 /CONTACT: Terry Whitt of Eastern Associated or Mike Herron for Eastern Associated, 304-340-1710/


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