Nation: Once Again, a Coal Agreement

But union leaders were unsure whether miners would accept it

"Here we go again," sighed Frank Vahaly, 36, a coal miner in Bentleyville, Pa. His skepticism was echoed throughout the strikebound coal fields last week as negotiators for the miners and operators reached yet another tentative contract agreement—the third in the 14-week coal strike.

The question was: Go where? Once again the strike had turned into a cliffhanger, with the nation waiting to learn whether the 165,000 members of the United Mine Workers of America would vote this Friday to ratify the pact,...

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