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									The Target: Peabody Coal

Miners Strike Over Job Secruity
    Five thousand coal miners struck              T h e UMW thought i t had ad-                   a t finding loopholes that the union is
 Peabod Coal Co. and Eastern As-               dressed the problem of companies                   demanding this time that the parent
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sociate Coal Corp. February 2 when
the national contract between the
                                               transferrinj, union work to non-                   corporations-rather than their min-
                                               union subsi iaries in the last round               ing subsidiaries-sign the contract.
 United Mine Workers and major coal            of bargaining.                                         This is similar to the situation con-
com anies expired.                                                                                f r o n t i n g Teamsters d u r i n g last
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    T e two c o m p a n i e s a r e sub-
sidiaries of Peabody Holdings-the
                                                 rhe average BCOA coal                            spring's carhaul negotiations. That
                                                                                                  contract was resolved with an a ree
nation's lar est coal producer. Struck         mine has a life expectancy                         ment similar to what the UM% is
               f
mines are ocated in West Virginia,
Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.
                                               of Seven years.                                    looking for.
                                                                                                      Peabody, however,' does not seem
    The union says the strike may                 Acontract clause agreed to during               ready to accept such an agreement,
eventually spread to other members             those negotiations required union                  and the union is preparing for a long
of the Bituminous Coal Operators               companies to hire lald off UMW                     strike. To support the strikers, the
Association, the bargainingorganiza-            members for three out of five new                 UMW has begun collecting a 2lh%
tion for the largest companies. But            jobs a t their non-union subsidiaries.             strike assessment from working
the UMW has agreed to a 60-day con-               But the operators became so adept               members.
tract extension at mines belonging to
the rival Independent Bituminous
Coal Bargaining Alliance.
   The IBCBA is composed of four
                                               Employers Lie About Costs
companies, most OT them former
BCOA members, which are said to be
                                               Of Insurance @overage
more open to develo ing a coopera-              Every time a good law comes                       last 20 years the employment rate of
tive relationship wit! the union on
                        l                  along, employers claim it will drive                   women of childbearing age has in-
issues of job security and produc-         them out of business and hurt the                      creased, while employment rates
                                           very peo le it was supposed to help.                   have decreased for men of all ages.
tivity.
   Jobsecurity is the union's primary                       R
                                           That's w at they're saying about the
                                           Family and Medical Leave bill, for
                                                                                                     The study estimates that in 1988
strtke issue. While coal production is                                                            employers were paying about $1.2
b o o m i n g , new t e c h n o l o g y hasexample, which George Rush vetoed                      bilhon in insurance premiums and
slashed em loyment. The industry           last year.                                             sick leave to cover pre nancy. This is
                T,
has exacer ated this problem by                But history tells a different story.
                                           In 1978, after a campaign by unions
                                                                                                                              f
                                                                                                  about $1.48 per wee per covered
                                                                                                  etiiploy~e. Only $.80 per week was
transferring production to non-
union mines.                               and women's organizations, Con-                        mandated by the Act.
                                           gress. passed the Pregnancy Dis-                          The study also shows that a law
LIFE EXPECTANCY                            c r i m i n a t i o n Act. I t r e q u i r e d         requiring equal treatment is not a
    Said UMW President Richard employers to treat workers wh!, arc                                cure-all. The Act did not require
Trumka: "The average miner is 44 affected by pregnancy the same as                                employers to have insurance
years old with 17 years of continuous workers with any other "temporary                           coverage; itjust said that if there was
service to his or her company. The disability."                                                   coverage, i t had to apply to all
life expectancy of the average BCOA            At t h e t i m e , m a n a e m e n t               workers equally, including pregnant
coal mine is seven years.                  spokespeo le claimed it would cost a                   ones. Many women workers still do
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    "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to fortune; t ey also said employers
figure out that unless these com- would tend not to hire women of
                                                                                                  not have any benefits at all; less than
                                                                                                  half of women workers of childbear-
panies are willing to open up employ- child-bearing age.                                          ing age have short-term disability in-
ment opportunities for our members             A s t u d y by t h e I n s t i t u t e f o r       surance.
a t t h e i r newly c r e a t e d mines, Women's Policy Research shows that
thousands of long-term, loyal and these scare tactics were nonsense.                                  FAMILY LEAVE
productive employees will be left out Employers did not substitute men or                                Since 1989, when Congress began
on the street at an age too youn to other groups of women for women of                                debating a Family and Medical Leave
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  ualify for a pension e t too ol to child-bearing age. How could they?
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i n d meaningful emp oyment else- There are too many women ages 16-
                                                                                                      Act, business lobbyists have been
                                                                                                      complaining about costs. The Act,
where."                                    45inthe labor force. In fact, over the                     which P r e s i d e n t C l i n t o n has
                                                                                                      promised to sign, allows workers up
                                                                                                      to 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave
                                                                                                      to care for a new child or a sick famil
                                                                                                      member. Only workers in firms wit       X
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                                                             . aA\?          i    t      : I; .;      over 50 employees are covered.
                                                                                                         But a 1992 study says that the
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                                                                                                      average cost of replacing workers is
                       \"L i                                 -       -                              , higher than the cost of giving them
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                                                                                                      unpaid leave. Economists estimate
                                                         0128~          uefi!~p!w           'pol$aa that businesses with over 50 workers
    a6e~sod   's'n                                        anuaAv uefi!y3!yy 9 E p ~ would save $719 million ifleave.
                                                                                                      provided job-protected un aid
                                                                                                                                            they
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