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P.M. BRIEFING : Coal Strike Spreads to Pennsylvania

June 16, 1989|From Times wire services

INDIANA, Pa. — A coal strike that started in Virginia and triggered wildcat strikes across West Virginia reached Pennsylvania today.

Spokesman Hank Waneck of the Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Co. at Indiana said about 1,600 miners left their jobs at midnight, apparently in sympathy with the Virginia strikers. Most of the deep coal mines in Indiana County were affected by the walkout, Waneck said. Among companies affected were Keystone Coal, Helvetia Coal and the Florence Mining Co., all subsidiaries of Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal.

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