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SECOND COMPANY TO LEAVE BCOA; STRIKE ENDS AT CLI

 WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- CLI, Inc., has become the second coal company to leave the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA). The Pittsburgh-based corporation, which processes more than 2 million tons of coal annually, has signed an interim agreement with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). UMWA President Richard Trumka said workers at CLI's Homer City Processing coal preparation plant in Indiana Co., Pa., will return to their jobs June 28. Workers at the CLI facility have been on strike since May 25.
 "CLI's decision to leave the BCOA was based on the recognition that it's time for a new approach to labor-management relations in the U.S. coal industry," said Trumka.
 "By emphasizing an adversarial approach to labor relations, BCOA is championing management methods which have already been judged obsolete by much of the U.S. business community. Our union looks forward to working with CLI to help forge a progressive, new partnership for the future," Trumka said.
 CLI's decision to leave the BCOA comes two weeks after AMAX Coal Co. announced they were also leaving the coal operators' group. A BCOA official has threatened legal action against AMAX to force the company to stay in the 40-year-old association. The UMWA is also conducting contract talks with a separate coalition of major coal producers, the Independent Bituminous Coal Bargaining Alliance (IBCBA). The IBCBA was formed by coal companies sharing the UMWA's interest in labor-management cooperation.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of United Mine Workers of America, 202-842-7240/


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