LABOR: Progress

The coal conferences, begun three months ago in Manhattan, dragged on & on in Washington's air-cooled Statler Ho tel. By now the miners and operators had run out of proposals and counterproposals ; they had even gone through all the jokes and small talk they knew. One day last week the conferees started pitching pennies. The hotel manager stopped that. The major coal-strike news of the week: Solid Fuels Administrator Harold Ickes slapped some $2,500,000 in fines on the miners for striking. Day later, presumably under White House pressure, he had the...

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