CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The United Mine Workers said Monday it has reached a tentative labor agreement with coal producers that employ thousands of its members around the country.

The agreement on a new 5 1/2-year contract covers miners who work for members of the Bituminous Coal Operators Association. It also covers pensions for every company involved with the union’s 1974 retirement plan, and members of 125 locals representing employees of numerous coal companies must approve the deal.

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