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TRUMKA TO LAUNCH LABOR DAY WEEKEND COALFIELD MOBILIZATION

 Rallies and Other Actions Scheduled in Coal Communities


from Virginia to Indiana Will Celebrate `Solidarity in the Heartland'
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) will launch a Labor Day weekend coalfield mobilization Thursday, Sept. 2, in Washington. The unionwide mobilization will include rallies and other actions to focus attention on the union's ongoing strike against some of the nation's largest coal companies.
 Over 17,000 UMWA members in seven states are on strike against member companies of the Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA). The central issue in the strike is job security and job opportunities. The strike began May 10.
 UMWA President Richard L. Trumka will participate in events in Washington on Sept. 2; Oakwood, Va., and Madison, W.Va., on Sept. 3; Morgantown, W.Va., and Pittsburgh on Sept. 4; Lynnville, Ind., on Sept. 5; and Evansville, Ind., on Sept. 5 and 6.
 The mobilization will culminate on Labor Day in Evansville, where Trumka will co-marshall southern Indiana's 107th annual Labor Day Parade and Celebration with Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, as well as deliver the keynote address to a major rally of members of the UMWA, other labor unions and their families and supporters.
 "Labor Day has traditionally been seen as a time when we remember the struggles for justice of the past, but this Labor Day, 17,000 UMWA members are engaged in a struggle for the future," Trumka said. "We're on strike fighting for jobs and economic opportunity for our families and communities. That's what Labor Day is really about."
 The following is a schedule of rallies and events:
 THURSDAY, SEPT. 2
 Washington
 11 a.m. -- Press Conference
 UMWA Headquarters
 900 15th St. N.W.
 FRIDAY, SEPT. 3
 Oakwood, Va.
 8:30 a.m. -- Press Breakfast
 John L. Lewis Building
 Route 640
 10 a.m. -- Oakwood Rally
 Garden Creek High School
 Danville, W.Va.
 4 p.m. -- Regional Rally
 Lick Creek Park
 Under U.S. 119 Bridge
 SATURDAY, SEPT. 4
 Morgantown, W.Va.
 9:30 a.m. -- Regional Rally
 Camp Muffley (Between Morgantown and Fairmont)
 I-79 to Exit 146 (Goshen Road)
 Follow signs to site
 Pittsburgh
 1 p.m. -- Press Conference
 w/Reps. Bill Coyne (D-Pa.) and Ron Klink
 (D-Pa.)
 Federal Building (Tentative)
 1000 Liberty Ave.
 SUNDAY, SEPT. 5 --
 Note: All Indiana times are Central Daylight Time
 Lynnville, Ind.
 4 p.m. -- Lynnville Rally and Caravan Formation
 Intersection of I-64 and State Route 61
 Evansville, Ind.
 5 p.m. -- Caravan arrives at Vanderburgh County
 4-H Center
 Vanderburgh County Fairgrounds
 U.S. 41 and New Harmony Road
 Boonville, Ind.
 7 p.m. -- Labor Day Association Reception for
 Richard Trumka
 Whirlpool Local 808 Union Hall
 Just off Bergdolt Road behind the Whirlpool
 plant on U.S. 41
 MONDAY, SEPT. 6
 Evansville, Ind.
 9 a.m. -- Labor Day Parade
 Co-Marshalls: Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh
 UMWA President Richard Trumka
 Downtown Evansville at the Civic Center
 2 p.m. -- Labor Day Rally
 Keynote Speaker: Richard Trumka
 Vanderburgh County Fairgrounds
 -0- 8/26/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of the United Mine Workers of America, 202-842-7240/


CO: United Mine Workers of America; Bituminous Coal Operators
 Association ST: District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania,
 Indiana IN: MNG SU:


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