Business: Collapse of the Coal Pact

Ban on wildcat strikes rouses the miners' wrath

The meeting was supposed to begin at 10 a.m., Friday, at United Mine Workers headquarters, two blocks from the White House. The coal strike was nearing its 70th day, and Union President Arnold Miller hoped that the 39-member U.M.W. bargaining council would approve the proposed new contract that he and his aides had negotiated with the coal operators. But angry miners by the hundreds had journeyed to Washington, and they camped like an occupying force in the headquarters' lobby.

"No, no," shouted the protesters. They papered the walls with slogans of crude double-entendre: WHAT DID...

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