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UMWA COAL STRIKE SPREADS TO PENNSYLVANIA; CONSOL, TWO OTHER COMPANIES TARGETED FOR REFUSING JOB SECURITY

 WASHINGTON, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) tonight at midnight will expand its strike to include selected Pennsylvania and West Virginia mines owned by Consol Energy, Inc., Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company and C.L.I. Corporation.
 Today's expansion of the strike represents the third phase of the job action: miners have already been pulled from operations owned by Ashland Coal Company, Ziegler Coal Holding Company, AMAX, Inc., and Arch Minerals Corporations. An additional 2,200 UMWA members will be involved in tonight's action, bringing the total number of strikers to 6,200.
 "Consol is the second largest coal producer in the United States. But the company -- which is half-owned by the German conglomerate Rheinbraun A.G. and half-owned by DuPont, is one of the prime players in the shell game designed to deny mine workers job security," explained UMWA President Richard L. Trumka.
 "Consol and its president, Bobby Brown -- who is also the lead negotiator for the Bituminous Coal Operator's Association (BCOA) -- are among the chief proponents of a deceit called `double breasting,' which involves creating paper companies to hide the ownership of non-union operations for the sole purpose of avoiding their agreement with the union," Trumka said.
 Trumka said the creation of non-union subsidiaries by coal operators for the purpose of undercutting the contractual rights of workers is an unfair labor practice. The union is also charging other unfair labor practices including the refusal to provide the UMWA with information needed by the union to engage in contract negotiations. The information is needed, Trumka said, if the union is to negotiate job opportunity guarantees for its members.
 According to Trumka: "The bottom line is that Consol and the other BCOA-represented operators gave their word in 1988 to give our members what they had earned -- jobs with a future. The companies agreed to give coal miners a fair share of the jobs they created with their increased productivity and the profits their hard work help generate.
 "Consol and the rest of the coal operators have not lived up to their agreement and in fact, have tried everything possible to undermine the pact and avoid honoring their obligations. Their latest offer represents an even further pulling-back on their commitment to their workers.
 "We're asking that Consol value its American workers as much as its German employees. We're only asking for recognition of our contribution to the coal industry's prosperity, recognition our German counterparts have already received. Rheinbraun's German workers have job security and job opportunities. Empowering German workers has made Rheinbraun strong, competitive and profitable."
 Trumka explained further: "In Germany, the company and the union work together. But in America, Bobby Brown and Consol treat American workers like adversaries. In Germany, it is common practice to give laid off miners the first opportunity for employment at new mines. But in America, Consol workers are discarded and forgotten. In Germany, if there is a strike, replacement workers would not be hired."
 Other member companies represented by the Bituminous Coal Operators Association will be targeted in the phased expansion of the UMWA action. Trumka said, "Unless the coal operators come to their senses and agree to keep their word to provide UMWA members with the jobs we are earning everyday, we will continue to strategically and selectively expand the strike."
 The National Bituminous Coal Wage Agreement of 1988, which was negotiated between the UMWA and BCOA, covers more than 60,000 workers nationwide. Today's action does not affect companies affiliated with the Independent Bituminous Coal Bargaining Alliance (IBCBA). The union's agreement with IBCBA has been extended through June 30, 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of the United Mine Workers of America, 202-842-7240/
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