LABOR: Joint Strike

For 15 years coal miners and coal operators got into bitter arguments which often drifted into bitter strikes whenever a wage contract expired. Last week with a contract due to expire in a fortnight, miners and operators had little argument, agreed amicably. This was in itself a milestone in U. S. labor relations. The fact that their mutual agreement was an agreement to have a strike did not lessen the importance of the innovation.

When President John Llewellyn Lewis of the United Mine Workers was younger he fought many a bitter battle with...

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