West Virginia Coal Strike Temporarily Halted

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The strike began at 6:30 a.m. Friday, according to a federal lawsuit filed by Eastern Associated Coal, a subsidiary of Patriot.

The lawsuit is against the United Mine Workers of America, Local No. 1570. The local runs union activities for the Federal No. 2 in mine Fairview, where the strike took place.

Late Friday, Chief U.S. Judge John Preston Bailey granted a temporary restraining order. It ordered workers back on the job until at least Oct. 31.

Phil Smith of the United Mine Workers of America says the mine employs more than 300 workers. He would not comment further on the strike. A man reached at the local 1570 in Fairmont also refused comment.