LABOR: Great Defeat

After seven sweltering days of conference in Indianapolis, the Policy Committee of the United Mine Workers of America last week voted to accept what was called "Labor's greatest defeat in years." The question was, and had been for some time, whether to relinquish to district vote the authority long exercised by the United Mine Workers' national officers over wage-agreements in the bituminous coal fields.

The wage-agreement upon which the district leaders, especially those from Illinois, who called the Policy Committee's meeting, wanted local autonomy, was the bitterly disputed scale established four years...

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