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UMWA EXPANDS STRIKE; ADDITIONAL 1,000 COAL MINERS TO STRIKE AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

 WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) tonight will expand its strike against member companies of the Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA). The newly struck facilities include mines and other operations owned by Peabody Holding Company and Consol Energy, Inc., in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
 At midnight, an additional 1,000 UMWA members will join the strike. The strategic, selective strike, which began May 10, will now involve over 17,000 miners in seven states.
 "The issue remains what it has been since day one -- jobs with a future," said UMWA President Richard L. Trumka. "We've raised productivity 200 percent, but to date, the only reward for our hard work is unemployment. The coal operators are purchasing and opening new mines with the profits we generated, but they're not giving our members a chance at those jobs -- jobs we created.
 "We have earned the opportunity to work those jobs -- and it is those jobs that this fight is all about," Trumka said. "We want a contract that recognizes our contribution, that values our hard work, that benefits the coal miners, coal communities and the coal industry."
 Even though the strike against the BCOA continues, the union has reached agreements with the Independent Bituminous Coal Bargaining Alliance (IBCBA) and other non-BCOA companies.
 The agreement with the IBCBA -- which includes Drummond Company, Jim Walter Resources, Inc., U.S. Steel Mining Company and Westmoreland Coal Company -- guarantees job security and health care and forges a newly cooperative relationship between labor and management. The UMWA has also reached productive interim agreements with AMAX, the nation's third largest coal producer, Freeman Energy Corp./Freeman United Coal Corp., AEP Inc. and CLI Corp.
 "We first brought up the issues in this strike over a year ago, and we have received nothing but a cold shoulder since," Trumka said. "It is up to the BCOA companies to explain why they're unable to work with the UMWA when other companies are willing to bargain in good faith with the union to craft agreements that benefit everyone. It is the difference between the labor-management relations of the past and the new cooperation of the future."
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 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of the United Mine Workers of America, 202-842-7240/


CO: United Mine Workers of America; Bituminous Coal Operators
 Association; Peabody Holding Company; Consol Energy, Inc.;
 Independent Bituminous Coal Bargaining Alliance ST: West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky IN: MNG SU:


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