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United Mine Workers Responds to Strike Complaint


A court filing offers new details into a labor dispute between the United Mine Workers of America and a Patriot Coal subsidiary.  

UMW Local No. 1570 filed a response Monday to a lawsuit filed in October by Eastern Associated Coal. Eastern filed the lawsuit after union members walked off the job at the Federal No. 2 mine on the morning of October 17. 

The union filing says Eastern used contract workers at the mine in Fairview in Marion County. Using contract workers instead of union workers violates an agreement between Local 1570 and Eastern, according to the complaint. 
Monday's complaint asks for Eastern to stop using contractors, and to award damages to Local 1570 for lost work opportunities.
Union spokesman Phil Smith says the mine employs more than 300 workers. 

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