NEW INFO: UMW Says Tentative Deal Includes $6 Hourly Raise

By: The Assocated Press Email
By: The Assocated Press Email

UPDATE 6/15/11
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The United Mine Workers says members would get a $6 an hour raise over the duration of a tentative 5 1/2-year contract with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association.

President Cecil Roberts says the increase would be the largest in the union's 121-year history. Miners would average about $30 an hour by 2016.

The Bituminous Coal Operators represents primarily the unionized subsidiaries of Canonsburg, Pa.-based Consol Energy. But the deal affects far more companies and thousands of miners.

Pension provisions cover every company involved with the union's 1974 retirement plan. That includes major coal producers such as St. Louis-based Patriot Coal, Abingdon, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources and Walter Energy's mines in Alabama, among others.

More than 125 UMW locals are scheduled to vote on the deal Friday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The United Mine Workers says it's reached a tentative deal with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association on a new 5 1/2-year contract.

The union says members of about 125 locals will vote on the deal June 17.

Details of the proposed pact were not released Monday. The union says members will be briefed Wednesday.

President Cecil Roberts says the deal covers key issues including pensions, health care and wages.

The union typically uses the Bituminous Coal Operators contract for a model in negotiations with non-member coal companies.

The association represents primarily Canonsburg, Pa.-based Consol Energy's unionized subsidiaries. It had no comment Monday on the tentative deal.

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