Business: Striking out of Weakness?

Coal walkout would hurt miners most

In the days of John L. Lewis, when the United Mine Workers called a strike it sometimes seemed that a mighty union was holding the entire nation for ransom. Once again a coal strike looms—but if 165,000 U.M.W. members walk out of the pits on Dec. 7, it will be a sign not of union power but of union weakness. The strike would be the biggest of the year, and would get President Carter's program to increase U.S. coal production (the aim is a 66% hike by 1985) off to a most inauspicious start. But the...

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