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EASTERN ASSOCIATED COAL CORP. FILES ADDITIONAL CHARGES WITH NLRB AGAINST UMWA; CITES BLOCKED, DAMAGED VEHICLES

 CHARLESTON, W.Va., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Associated Coal Corp. said, as a result of continued illegal acts and violence, it has filed additional charges concerning conduct violations of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) picketers.
 Approximately 2,300 UMWA miners have been on a selective strike against Eastern Associated since Feb. 1.
 Eastern Associated yesterday filed unfair labor practice charges against Local Union 7604 of the United Mine Workers for violent strike related acts that have occurred at the company's Kopperston mine, near Kopperston, W.Va. The charges were filed with the regional director of the NLRB in Cincinnati.
 Eastern Associated alleges that UMWA picketing strikers threw jackrocks at vehicles and tires of persons attempting to enter the Kopperston facility.
 Such actions not only violate federal labor practices but also violate the permanent contempt order issued by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals prohibiting the union from engaging in strike-related violence and other illegal acts.
 The Kopperston facility employs approximately 260 UMWA and salaried workers. They annually produce about 1.9 million tons of coal.
 On Tuesday, the company filed charges in Pittsburgh with District 6 of the National Labor Relations Board against the Local Union 1570 of the United Mine Workers of American International.
 The charges cite conduct violations of UMWA picketers who, beginning Feb. 23, interfered with coal haul trucks at Eastern Associated's Federal Mine No. 2 in Fairview, W.Va., blocking and attempting to damage vehicles as they entered and exited the mine facility.
 In an earlier action, Eastern Associated -- citing gunfire, acts of violence and other illegal activities by strikers -- filed five unfair labor practice charges on Feb. 11 against the UMWA District 17, and three local unions.
 "We must protect our employees and our property from violence and other illegal acts committed by striking UMWA members," Eastern Associated President Peter B. Lilly said. "Most striking Eastern Associated miners have conducted themselves peacefully, but we have experienced numerous acts of violence and illegal activities. In light of these incidents we are asking the NLRB to take strong action to seek a federal court injunction to prevent further violence, damage or illegal activities by the UMWA."
 As part of the charges, Eastern Associated is asking the NLRB to find that the UMWA is in violation of the permanent contempt order issued by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals prohibiting the union from engaging in strike-related violence and other illegal acts.
 "Our primary goal is to get our miners back to work so that we and the UMWA can get down to the business of negotiating a new labor agreement," Lilly said. "Violence and intimidation have absolutely no place in this process."
 The Virginia Supreme Court recently upheld $52 million in contempt of court fines levied against the UMWA.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Whitt of Eastern Associated, 304-340-1710, or 304-340-1786/


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