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UMW, Alpha reach contract deal on 2 Pa. mines |

UMW, Alpha reach contract deal on 2 Pa. mines

| Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 a.m

Alpha Natural Resources and the United Mine Workers of America have agreed to add two large Greene County mines to a national labor agreement.

The UMW announced on Wednesday that Virginia-based Alpha has accepted essentially the same contract that was negotiated with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association last month. Union President Cecil Roberts says there are a few differences, but pay, health care and pension benefits are the same. It includes an immediate $1-an-hour raise.

The deal covers nearly 1,100 workers at the Cumberland and Emerald mines and is retroactive to July 1. Roberts says the miners have overwhelmingly ratified the contract so it goes into effect immediately.

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