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UMWA STRIKE SPREADS TO KENTUCKY; PEABODY AND CONSOL MINES TARGETED

 WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) issued the following:
 The United Mine Workers of America this afternoon expands its strike to include 16 additional selected mines of Peabody Holding Company and Consol Energy Inc. in West Virginia, Illinois and Kentucky.
 Today's expansion represents the fifth phase of the job action against member companies of the Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA) and the first involving Kentucky mines. Miners have already been pulled from selected operations owned by Ashland Coal Company, Ziegler Coal Holding Company, Arch Minerals Corporation, Consol Energy, Inc., Peabody Holding Company, Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company and C.L.I. Corporation.
 An additional 3,000 miners will now join the month-old strike, bringing the total number of strikers to over 12,000 in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.
 This afternoon's job action targets coal company subcontractors for the first time; UMWA members will strike Peabody subcontractors.
 "Today marks the one-month anniversary of our strike, and the coal companies still refuse to recognize our right to jobs we have earned -- or to bargain in good faith," said UMWA President Richard L. Trumka. "It becomes clearer every day that the BCOA companies care about only one thing: short term profits. Greed is the driving force behind BCOA's unwillingness to be fair to UMWA members whose hard work has increased productivity and profits in the coal industry.
 "We have targeted the two largest coal producers and the leadership of those companies, George `Sam' Shiflet at Peabody and Bobby Brown at Consol, who are principal spokespeople for the BCOA. The UMWA is committed to forging a new kind of labor-management relationship -- one that honors productivity with job security," said Trumka.
 "But the coal operators are mired in the management practices of the thirties and don't understand that jobs for our members will mean that the coal industry will prosper and America will be better able to compete with other nations in the years ahead.
 "The strike is working. Our members have been disciplined both in terms of the picket lines and in communicating our message. And you can always tell when a strike is having an effect when the coal companies become more frantic in their actions. Peabody's attempt to fire 163 miners in Union County, Ken., last week for exercising their freedom of speech is an example of the companies trying to divert attention from the central issue in this strike -- jobs," said Trumka.
 Trumka said the BCOA is violating the terms of a 1988 agreement with the union and engaging in unfair labor practices, including the creation of non-union subsidiaries by coal operators for the purpose of undercutting the contractual rights of workers and 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 security for its members.
 Other member companies represented by the BCOA will be targeted in the phased expansion of the UMWA action. Trumka said: "Our goal is a contract that will help the industry become stronger, smarter, more competitive and better able to succeed in a new and changing economy. We are more resolved than ever to push ahead with our strike until we secure justice for our members."
 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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 /NOTE: Radio/Print Outlets -- Trumka actuality available. Remarks by Trumka are available via phone patch to interested radio stations and reporters. Call 312-399-1861. Your access code is UMWA (8692). Follow instructions you will hear and be ready to roll tape immediately./
 /CONTACT: Greg Hawthorne of the United Mine Workers of America, 202-842-7240/


CO: United Mine Workers of America; Peabody Holding Co.; Consol Energy
 Inc.; Bituminous Coal Operators Association ST: District of Columbia; Kentucky IN: MNG SU:


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