LABOR: Coal's Chilling Strike

The light at the end of the tunnel in the United Mine Workers contract negotiations went out last week, and the nation was faced with the certainty that a dreaded nationwide coal strike would begin midnight Monday. The key question was how long the 120,000 union miners would stay out. U.M.W. President Arnold R. Miller predicts a strike lasting about two weeks; Interior Department officials figure that the walkout could go on for three weeks —and that underground mines would stay closed for a week after that while federal inspectors check them for safety. Even a short shutdown would damage...

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