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UMWA TARGETS FIVE MORE PRODUCERS; COAL STRIKE SPREADS

 WASHINGTON, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- At 12:01 a.m. this morning, 1,700 coal miners in three states walked off the job in what United Mine Workers of America President Richard Trumka called a "phased expansion" of the month-long coal strike. The UMWA called out workers at selected mines of five of the largest U.S. coal operators in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Illinois. The expanded strike effects Consol Energy, Inc., Ziegler Coal Holding Co., Arch Mineral Corp., Rochester & Pittsburgh (R&P) Coal Co. and Freeman Energy Corp.
 "When this strike first began Feb. 1, we said that whether or not it expands depends entirely on the willingness of the coal industry to work with us and negotiate a fair contract," said Trumka. Trumka noted that more than 7,500 other UMWA members have been on strike against Peabody Holding Co., Inc., since Feb. 1 when the National Bituminous Coal Wage agreement (NBCWA) expired. More than 60,000 U.S. coal miners worked under the provisions of the NBCWA.
 "Since Feb. 1 what we have witnessed is a coal industry committed to pursuing conflict over cooperation and more interested in issuing misleading press releases than engaging in an honest dialogue with us on what it's going to take to keep American coal strong and competitive in the years to come," Trumka said.
 A key sticking point, Trumka said, is the refusal of coal companies affiliated with the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA) to provide the union with information it has requested related to corporate structure, coal land ownership and a range of other issues.
 The information is crucial, Trumka said, in order for his union to negotiate "jobs with a future" for coal miners.
 "Unless we win a guarantee of jobs with a future, tens of thousands of coal miners will face unemployment over the next seven to 10 years after the mines they work in are no longer able to produce coal," Trumka said.
 "The BCOA coal operators could provide job security by guaranteeing work to these miners at the new mines they'll be opening over the coming years. Instead the companies have been playing a shell game' where they transfer ownership of operations from one division to another in an attempt to escape their responsibility to their own workers," he added.
 Industry analysts say that the information the UMWA has sought would strengthen the union's ability to negotiate "jobs with a future" for its members, but the BCOA companies have refused to supply the information to the union or have offered it only on the condition that the UMWA be barred from using it to enforce any contracts.
 "The information we've requested is material we have a legal right to," Trumka contends. "It is outrageous that we have to strike to get that information, but it does underscore exactly how fearful these companies are that their shell game would be exposed."
 Trumka noted that other coal companies, members of the Independent Bituminous Coal Bargaining Alliance (IBCBA), have provided the UMWA with information similar to that the BCOA companies have refused to provide. Those companies, which include U.S. Steel Mining Co., the Drummond Co., Jim Walter Resources, Inc., and Westmoreland Coal Co., currently have a 60-day contract extension of the NBCWA in effect with the UMWA as talks continue on a new agreement.
 The operations targeted by the UMWA in today's job action include Consol's Shoemaker Mine in West Virginia and Rend Lake Mine in Illinois; Arch Mineral's Kathleen Mine in Illinois; Freeman Energy's Crown No. 3 Mine in Illinois; R&P's Emilie Nos. 1, 2 and 9 Mines, Jane Nos. 1 and 9 Mines and the Keystone Cleaning Plant, all in Pennsylvania; and Ziegler's Mine No. 26 in Illinois.
 When asked if the UMWA will be targeting additional mines in the days and weeks ahead, Trumka said, "That's ultimately up to the operators. We want to negotiate a fair contract -- it's the coal companys who would rather have a strike," Trumka said.
 Coal Strike Spreads: Corporate Profiles
 Consol Energy, Inc.
 Consol is the second largest coal producer in the United States. Based in Pittsburgh, Consol is 50 percent owned by the chemical giant E.I. duPont de Nemours and 50 percent owned by Rhinebraun AG, the large German coal company.
 In 1991 Consol had after-tax operating profits of $186 million on sales of $1.9 billion. Consol provided 10 percent of Du Pont's total profits.
 B.R. Brown, president, CEO and chairman of Consol Energy, Inc., serves as chief negotiator for the BCOA. Other officers include Du Pont Chairman and CEO Edgar Wollard and Hans-Joachim Leuschner, CEO of Reinbraun AG.
 Consol's utility customers include Monongahela Power, Detroit Edison, Cincinnati Gas & Electric, Pennsylvania Power, Union Electric and West Penn Power.
 Ziegler Coal Holding Co.
 Ziegler is based in Fairview Heights, Ill. Considered one of the most profitable coal companies in the United States, Ziegler had estimated profits of $40 million on sales of $440 million in 1991.
 In 1992, Ziegler Coal Holding purchased Shell Mining Co. from Shell Oil to become to fourth largest coal company in America. Ziegler's major utility customers include Georgia Power, PSI Energy, Southern Indiana Gas & Electric, Tampa Electric, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Carolina Power and Light, Cajun Electric Power, Union Electric and Farmer's Electric Cooperative.
 The chairman and CEO of Ziegler Coal Holding Co. is Michael Reilly. Zeigler's president and COO is Chand Vyas.
 Arch Mineral Corp.
 The St. Louis-based Arch Mineral Corp. is a 50/50 joint venture between Ashland Oil, Inc., and the Hunt Brothers of Texas. Arch is the nation's 10th largest coal producer and earned gross profits of $31 million on sales of $582 million for the first three quarters of 1992. In 1991 Arch contributed 14.85 percent of Ashland Oil's $64 million net income.
 Arch Mineral's major utility customers include Baltimore Gas & Electric, Cardinal Operating Co., Cincinnati Gas & Electric, Dayton Power & Light, Detroit Edison, Georgia Power, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Illinois Power and Iowa Public Service. The president and CEO of Arch Mineral is Stephen Leer. The chairman and CEO of Ashland Oil, Inc., is John Hall.
 Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Co.
 R&P, based in Indiana, Pa., is the nation's 34th largest coal producer. The company's net income for 1991 was $16.3 million. Chief utility users of R&P's coal include the Homer City Station and the Keystone Steam Electric Station in Pennsylvania. The Homer City plant is owned by New York State Electric and Gas Corp. and Pennsylvania Electric Co. The Keystone plant is owned by Atlantic City Electric Co., Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Delmarva Power & Light Co., Jersey Central Power & Light Co., Pennsylvania Power & Light Co., Philadelphia Electric Co., and Public Service Electric and Gas Co.
 The president and CEO of R&P is Thomas Garges Jr. The chairman of the board of R&P is William Kegel.
 Freeman Energy Corp.
 Based in Marion, Ill., Freeman Energy Corp. is a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp., the $6.5 billion conglomerate. Rated the 45th largest coal producer in the United States, Freeman produced 3.8 million tons of coal in 1991. Freeman's chief utility customers include Central Illinois Light Co., Muscatine Power & Light and Union Electric Co.
 The president and COO of Freeman is Richard Brooks. The chairman and CEO is Lucian Lincoln.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of the United Mine Workers of America, 202- 842-7240/


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