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STATEMENT ISSUED BY BITUMINOUS COAL OPERATORS ASSOCIATION

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by B.R. Brown, chief negotiator, Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA).
 "I regret to announce that the Bituminous Coal Operators Association was unable to obtain a successor agreement to the 1988 National Bituminous Coal Wage Agreement.
 "We were unable to discuss any issues of substance because the United Mine Workers raised procedural objections and made take-it-or-leave-it' demands, refusing to talk unless BCOA agreed to those demands. Such tactics were a blatant attempt to secure concessions from the operators before even coming to the negotiating table. The union miscalculated and over-reached. The union has wasted valuable time.
 "For BCOA's part, we regret that the union chose a strategy designed to precipitate a strike. Both management and the union have worked hard over the past decade to demonstrate to our customers worldwide that the American coal industry is a reliable supplier of energy."
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 /CONTACT: Thomas F. Hoffman, BCOA lead spokesman, 412-831-4060/


CO: Bituminous Coal Operators Association ST: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, District of Columbia IN: MNG SU:

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