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Coal Company, UMW Settle Suit Over Non-Union Workers

A Murray Energy subsidiary and the United Mine Workers of America have settled a lawsuit over the company’s use of non-union workers.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley approved the settlement and dismissed the case on Tuesday.

The UMW alleged in the lawsuit that Monongalia County Coal Co. used non-union workers to perform seal work at its Monongalia County Mine in violation of a collective bargaining agreement.

Under the settlement, the company recognizes that all work associated with construction and installation of mine seals is the exclusive work of the union.

The company also agreed to pay any union members who lost work opportunities as a result of the use of contractors.

The company says in a statement to The Dominion Post that it’s pleased the dispute was amicably resolved.