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UNION COMMENTS ON RESUMPTION OF COAL TALKS NEXT WEEK

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) said the resumption of talks next week aimed at ending the almost six-month old national coal strike "is a positive development."
 Responding to the announcement today by special mediator Bill Usery that union and company officials will meet next Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Washington, UMWA Special Assistant for Communications Jim Grossfeld said "whenever both sides are talking there is the potential for an agreement to be reached."
 Almost 18,000 UMWA members are on strike in seven coalfield states. The strike began May 10.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: The following is the complete text of the news release issued earlier this afternoon by Bill Usery:
 Bill Usery, special mediator in the BCOA/UMWA strike dispute, has called the parties to attend a joint meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1993, and to be prepared to remain until a successful resolution can be achieved.
 In reconvening the parties, Mr. Usery stated that the dispute has lasted too long, and has directed the parties to return to the table with a commitment to seek a responsible and early settlement. "The disruption to the industry, the employees and their families, and the communities involved demands that everyone's best efforts be put forth toward achieving that end," Usery said.
 In addition to meeting separately with the parties since the recess of negotiations last week, Mr. Usery has also spent time briefing, by phone and in person, concerned representatives of various states and the federal government, including members of Congress, who have inquired about the status of the dispute and have expressed their concern that this dispute be brought to any early conclusion.
 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of the United Mine Workers of America, 202-842-7240/


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