Labor Costs and the Future of Coal

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Coal, Wages, Prices, and Profits

The final decision of the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. United Mine Workers of America1 is expected to precipitate a new crisis in the coal industry, regardless of whether the Court holds for the government or for the miners' organization. John L. Lewis has not withdrawn his demands for revision of the present contract between the government and the U. M. W. His back-to-work order of Dec. 7, 1946, ending a 17-day soft coal strike, runs only “until 12:00 o'clock midnight, March 31, 1947,” by which time, presumably, the Court will have ruled on the validity of the government's injunction and contempt proceedings.

If the Court decides in favor of the miners, there is every indication that ...

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