Energy: A New Coal Pact

Voting again in the pits

Strikes are nothing new to the 160,000 members of the United Mine Workers of America—and neither are contract settlements that come unstuck at the last moment. Such was the fate two months ago of U.M.W. Leader Sam Church Jr.'s first effort to win a new three-year work contract. Soon after negotiators initialed the proposed pact, workers voted thumbs down on ratification by a 2-to-1 majority.

Last week the prospects for an end to the 64-day strike suddenly brightened. Exhausted from ten hours of bargaining, Church emerged from a suite in Washington's Capital Hilton Hotel and announced that...

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