Expiration of 1926 Anthracite Wage Contract
After four years of comparative peace in the hard coal fields, public interest again centers upon the anthracite industry. The present wage contract between operators and miners expires on August 31 of this year This agreement was signed in February, 1926, after 145,000 miners had been on strike for 170 days—the longest suspension in the history of the industry. At some date during the next two months representatives of the operators and miners will meet to negotiate a new contract. Upon the outcome of these negotiations depends the immediate, and perhaps more distant, future of the anthracite industry.
A breakdown of the anthracite negotiations, followed by a strike affecting the 160,000 men employed in the industry, might seriously retard the ...