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Judge orders striking coal miners to stop picketing

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A judge has ordered striking miners to stop picketing outside locations owned by a coal company in Tuscaloosa.

Circuit Judge James H. Roberts Jr. on Wednesday issued a restraining order prohibiting the union members from picketing within 300 yards of Warrior Met Coal’s mines and offices.

The order also prohibits “any manner interfering with, hindering or obstructing, by threats, intimidation or acts of violence, the conduct and operation of Warrior’s business and supporting activities.”

That includes delivery of supplies, workers entering property, laying in front of entrances, or using obstructions.

The company said Monday that the level of violence along picket lines had, “reached a dangerous level over the last week.”

United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts called the restraining order unconstitutional and said it will not break the strike. Miners have been on strike since April.

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