LABOR: Miners' Miseries

In West Virginia are 112,000 coal miners. One-third of them are unemployed. Another one-third work only two or three days per week. For each ton of coal they mine they get 28¢. They work ten to twelve hours, earn from $2.60 to $4 per day. They live in company-owned shacks, without heat or light. Their rent is $10 per month. The companies charge them $1.50 per ton for fuel coal. They never see any U. S. cash. The companies pay them with company scrip, metal tokens good only at company stores. At these...

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