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NLRB upholds Law Judge decision at Willow Lake, UMWA certified as collective bargaining agent

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September 6, 2012
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[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil Roberts issued the following statement today:

"The decision by the full National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday that upheld last December's decision by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that the UMWA fairly won the representation election at Big Ridge Coal's Willow Lake mine in Harrisburg, Ill., is a tremendous victory for the mine workers at that mine.

"The NLRB has certified the UMWA as the collective bargaining agent there, meaning that there will be a UMWA contract at that mine. The only question now is when. The NLRB upheld the ALJ's findings that threw out every single one of the company's objections to the May 2011 election and substantiated that it was, in fact, the company which engaged in illegal behavior in this election.

"These miners voted 15 months ago to be represented by the UMWA and work under the protection of a UMWA contract. It's long past time for Big Ridge and its parent company, Peabody Energy, to finally accept the rule of law, sit down with its workers and negotiate a fair and equitable contract for both sides."

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