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EASTERN ASSOCIATED CITES 'SABOTAGE, INTIMIDATION, SLOWDOWNS' IN FILING MORE UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGES AGAINST UMWA

 CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Associated Coal Corp. today filed additional unfair labor practice charges against the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) for engaging in "coercive acts of sabotage, intimidation of employees and supervisors, and an unlawful work slowdown" since the Feb. 1 expiration of the union's contract with the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA).
 "The UMWA appears to be relying on its long-standing practice of intimidation and violence to try to get its way," said Patrick Gallagher, Eastern Associated's spokesperson. "These activities do not produce job security. If the UMWA is truly interested in job security for its members, it should be sitting down with BCOA companies to reach agreement on a competitive labor contract."
 UMWA actions addressed in the company's charges include destroying -- by arson and gunfire -- equipment which will cost over $1.0 million to replace; damaging vehicles with baseball bats; using a gun to threaten vendors attempting to cross a picket line; rock throwing that resulted in injuries to supervisors; destroying electrical power transformers; and slowdowns at mines during the contract extension period, with a local union official explaining, "Hey, it's just like flipping a switch -- if we get a contract, production will double," according to the company.
 The union's acts took place at Eastern Associated's Harris No. 1 Mine and Preparation Plant, Wells Complex, Rock Lick Preparation Plant, Robin Hood No. 9 Mine, Big Mountain No. 16 Mine, Montcoal No. 7 Mine and Colony Bay Mine, all in Boone County, W.Va. Also, Kopperston No. 1 Mine and Preparation Plant, in Wyoming County, W.Va.; Federal No. 2 Mine and Preparation Plant, in Monongalia County, W.Va.; and Tygart River Mine, Marion County, W.Va.
 The unfair labor practice charges were filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Cincinnati.
 On June 7, Eastern Associated filed charges with the NLRB seeking orders against strike-related conduct by the UMWA at Federal No. 2 Mine. In those charges, the company also sought protections for its suppliers and vendors against continued threats and intimidation by the union.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick Gallagher for Eastern Associated Coal, 304-340-1710/


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