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Murray Energy buying five active CONSOL mines, one idled operation

October 28, 2013
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[TRIANGLE, VA.] Today’s announcement that Murray Energy is buying five active operations in West Virginia and one closed operation in Pennsylvania from CONSOL Energy comes as “no great surprise,” United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts said today.

“This changes nothing for our members with respect to the terms and conditions of their employment,” Roberts said. “Our collective bargaining agreement does not go away with this transaction, and our members remain covered by its provisions. There will be no changes in pay, benefits, insurance, schedules, working conditions, safety provisions, grievance procedures or any other language in the contract.”

The operations that Murray Energy is acquiring are Blacksville #2, Loveridge, Robinson Run, McElroy and Shoemaker in West Virginia; and the currently closed Eighty-Four mine in Pennsylvania. The pension and retiree health care liabilities for these operations are being transferred as well.

There are some 2,800 active hourly workers represented by the UMWA at the five West Virginia operations that have been sold to Murray Energy. Some 23,000 retirees, dependents and surviving spouses are affected by this transaction.

“I want to emphasize to the retirees from these mines that the contract that protects their pensions and health care remains in force and there will be no changes to their benefits as a result of this transaction,” Roberts said.

"This is yet another in what has been a long list of financial transactions in the coalfields over which we have no control," Roberts said. "It's not the first time coal mines have been sold to new owners, and it won't be the last. But one thing has remained constant throughout all that time: UMWA miners are the safest, most productive coal miners in the world, no matter who owns the mine where they work. That's not going to change, and neither is our commitment to represent them to the best of our ability."

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