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WESTMORELAND COAL COMPANY JOINS NEW BARGAINING ALLIANCE TO FORGE CONTEMPORARY AGREEMENT WITH UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA

 WESTMORELAND COAL COMPANY JOINS NEW BARGAINING ALLIANCE TO FORGE
 CONTEMPORARY AGREEMENT WITH UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA
 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Westmoreland Coal Company (NYSE: WCX), the low sulfur coal producer and marketer, today announced that it has resigned from the Bituminous Coal Operators Association and joined with three other coal companies to form the Independent Bituminous Coal Bargaining Alliance.
 "We have ended our long membership in BCOA in order to more directly influence our collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America and labor relations within our company," stated Christopher K. Seglem, president and chief operating officer of Westmoreland at a press conference held today in Washington to announce the formation of the IBCBA. "The future of the unionized sector of our industry will depend on its ability to compete in the marketplace, something it has been unable to do as the continuing decline in union membership and unionized companies demonstrates. To reverse this trend will require historic change in our relationship with the UMWA and formulation of a new agreement between management and labor.
 "Along with the other companies here today, we are interested in achieving competitiveness in a more progressive way by working together. We hope and believe that the UMWA can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. With a strong and equal voice in the IBCBA, Westmoreland believes it can be an instrument of progress towards this future and its employees' future.
 "Westmoreland's corporate logo is the first two letters of its name within a red triangle on a black circle -- WE. Our employees will be the most critical determinant of competitiveness and success. It is in this spirit, and with commitment of the disciplined implementation of total quality management principles, that we enter into these watershed discussions in the hope that we can emerge as world class competitors and the growth sector of the coal industry."
 The three other companies are: Drummond Coal Company, Jim Walter Resources, Inc., and U.S. Steel Mining Company.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Anderson of Westmoreland Coal, 215-545-2500, or at home, 609-429-5433/
 (WCX) CO: Westmoreland Coal Company; Bituminous Coal Operators Association;
 Independent Bituminous Coal Bargaining Alliance ST: Pennsylvania IN: MNG SU:


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