STRIKES: Wildcatting in The Coal Fields

Wildcatting in The Coal Fields

After smoldering in the coal fields of Virginia and West Virginia for two months, a strike by 1,500 miners against the Pittston Coal company flared last week into a fast-spreading wildcat walkout. More than 20,000 union miners struck in sympathy with the Pittston workers, shutting down mines in six states from Pennsylvania to Tennessee.

The Pittston miners worked without a contract for 14 months after the firm demanded cost-cutting changes in work rules and health and pension benefits. Last week United Mine Workers president Richard Trumka called upon other labor unions to support the strike. Speaking at a rally in Charleston,...

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