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TRUMKA SAYS COMPANY CLAIM FALSE

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) President Richard Trumka blasted a claim by Peabody Coal Co. that the coal operator is willing to provide the union with information it has request in order to begin contract negotiations.
 Expanding on a statement issued by the union last night, Trumka said Peabody had offered to respond to the union's information request "only if we agreed that the information they provided couldn't be used to enforce any contract that was eventually negotiated.
 "In essence what Peabody wanted was a loophole big enough to drive a coal truck through. Our position is that Peabody is legally obligated to provide us with the information we need without any strings attached. Period," Trumka said.
 Trumka said that the information sought by the union regards questions of corporate structure, land ownership and other issues "essential to bargaining a contract which provides jobs with a future to UMWA members."
 Trumka's remarks came in response to Peabody newspaper ads which appeared in various coal field communities this morning.
 "Judging from the amount of baloney coming out of Peabody these past few weeks, I'm not sure if they're in the coal business or the cold cut business," Trumka added.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of the United Mine Workers of America, 202- 842-7240/


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