Miners' Wages and the Cost of Anthracite

Archive Report

The threat of a general strike in the anthracite and bituminous coal fields, if carried out by the United Mine Workers of America upon the expiration of the anthracite wage agreement August 31, will confront the country with the most difficult industrial problem it has had to face since the anthracite-bituminous-railroad shop strike in the summer of 1922.

In the compact anthracite industry, with the owners and Workers well organized, the concern of the public and the government relates primarily to prices of domestic fuel and the curtailment of supplies that would be brought about by a suspension of production. In the more extensive bituminous industry—supplying a commodity of far greater economic importance than anthracite—the immediate effect upon prices and supplies is but one phase ...

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