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UNION SPOKESMAN RIPS PEABODY STANCE

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) responded sharply to an announcement today by Peabody Coal regarding a resumption of shipments from various operations. UMWA spokesman Jim Grossfeld said Peabody "is clearly more interested in issuing news releases than they are in negotiating a contract."
 "Last night the coal operators, once again, turned down a plan that would have extended the contract and allowed talks on a new contract to commence," Grossfeld said.
 "It is becoming apparent that Peabody and the other operators either don't want to extend the contract or are simply incapable of addressing the question." Grossfeld said the strike, which began Feb. 2, "is the direct result of Peabody's refusal to supply the UMWA with the information we need and have a lawful right to in order to represent our members in contract negotiations."
 Grossfeld added, "The coal fields would be well-served if Peabody spent less time issuing inaccurate and misleading public statements and more time living up to its private commitments."
 More than 7,500 UMWA members are currently on strike at Peabody.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Grossfeld of the United Mine Workers of America, 305-865-7511, Room 669/


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