COAL: Anthracite

Another week went by at Atlantic City (TIME, July 20, 27) and the anthracite coal miners and operators managed to sandwich in four sessions of conference. They have until Aug. 31 (when the present wage contract expires) in which to come to an agreement on wages after that date. Otherwise a strike is in prospect.

Increased wages and the check-off (collecting Union dues from the miners' pay by the operators) were discussed quite fruitlessly. The miners were supposed to be "presenting their case." This presentation will probably take a week or two...

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