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UMWA'S EXPANSION OF STRIKE THREATENS SALES, JOB SECURITY, PEABODY COAL COMPANY PRESIDENT SAYS

 HENDERSON, Ky., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "Today's decision by the United Mine Workers (UMWA) leadership to idle another 780 workers is especially tragic," G.S. "Sam" Shiflett, president of Peabody Coal Company, said today.
 Shiflett's comments were made in response to the union's expansion of its selective strike today to include the company's Camp mining complex and Ken Mine, all in Kentucky.
 "Because these operations are on strike, they will very quickly begin to lose business to non-union competitors, and this will affect jobs," he said.
 Shiflett said both the Camp mining complex and Ken Mine produce coal for the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Cumberland Plant and other electric utilities which have ready access to alternative, non-union sources of coal, including coal shipped by barge through the Ohio River system.
 "TVA is installing scrubbers at its Cumberland Plant which will allow it to continue to burn high-sulfur coal under the Clean Air Act," Shiflett said. "Other, non-union producers are eager to supply coal to this and other plants. Why would the union jeopardize UMWA jobs by walking out and letting non-union competitors have a chance of supplying the coal?
 "The union's leadership may think it is putting pressure on the company, but in fact it is putting pressure on the future job prospects of UMWA members," Shiflett said.
 "The action by the union leadership continues the UMWA's pattern of refusing to face the facts about today's coal market and get back to the bargaining table."
 The UMWA's strike today affects Peabody Coal Company's Camp No. 1 and No. 11 mines near Morganfield, Ky.; Camp No. 9 Preparation Plant, also at Morganfield; Camp Terminal, at Uniontown, Ky.; and Ken Mine near Beaver Dam, Ky.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Klingl of Peabody Coal, 502-827-6935 or 502-827-6936/


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