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EASTERN ASSOCIATED: NLRB REQUESTS SECOND RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST UMWA

 CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time in recent days, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has requested action by a federal court in West Virginia to prohibit the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) from continuing to threaten and intimidate Eastern Associated Coal Corp. employees and those of its contractors, Eastern Associated said today.
 In a request filed Thursday, Sept. 9, the NLRB's Region 6 office, Pittsburgh, asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, in Clarksburg, to issue a temporary restraining order against UMWA pickets. The UMWA has been on strike against members of the multi-employer bargaining group, the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA) since May 10. Eastern Associated is a BCOA member.
 Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, in Charleston, granted the NLRB's request for a preliminary injunction prohibiting continued threats and intimidation by the UMWA against any coal producer's or contractor's operations in UMWA District 17, which covers Southern West Virginia.
 "This second action by the NLRB will clearly tell UMWA officials and their pickets that violence, sabotage or intimidation will not be tolerated," said Terry Whitt, Eastern Associated spokesperson.
 "This NLRB action is particularly timely because of the UMWA leadership's repeated calls over the Labor Day weekend for increased picket line `civil disobedience.'
 "Everyone needs to understand that violence has no place in this or any other labor dispute, and that such acts will not produce the job security the union is seeking."
 In its request, the NLRB asks the court to prohibit the union and its members from possessing or brandishing weapons, including "firearms, wristrockets, jackrocks, steel plates, baseball bats and clubs"; inflicting or attempting to inflict damage or injury to employees or property; threatening employees or supervisors; engaging in mass picketing or blocking entrances to coal producers' facilities or hindering coal company employees, supervisors or contractors while traveling on public roads.
 The NLRB's request also seeks to bar UMWA District 31 International Executive Board Member Carlo Tarley, UMWA District 31 President Richard Eddy, UMWA Local 1570 President Larry Knisell and UMWA Local 1570 Vice President John Palmer from all picket lines at Eastern Associated facilities or those of its contractors for at least 30 days.
 The NLRB also requested that the court "order and authorize the United States Marshals to take those actions deemed necessary to enforce the provisions" of the court's order.
 A hearing on the request has been scheduled before Federal District Court Judge Irene Keeley on Sept. 21 in Clarksburg.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Whitt of Eastern Associated or Mike Herron for Eastern Associated, 304-340-1710/


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