Report to the President on the Anthracite Coal Strike of May-October, 1902

Report to the President on the Anthracite Coal Strike of May-October, 1902

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... work is utterly unjustifiable, and the reasons given in support of such demand are not founded in fact. The first and third reasons are based upon the average annual earnings in the bituminous coal fields for substantially similar work. (a) This company does not know what rate of wages is paid in the bituminous coal fields throughout the country, but there is nowhere in any fields "substantially similar work" to that which is done under contract in the mines of this company. The bituminous coal fields, extending from Pennsylvania to the Pacific, have no uniform rate of wages, and the conditions are so different in different localities that it would be impossible to obtain, with any certainty, a standard which would be of any use in considering the wages which should be paid in the mines of this company. It is a fact, however, that miners of ordinary skill and experience have always been able to go from the mines of this company to any other mining region throughout the country and obtain employment; but with the exception of the very considerable number who have obtained positions as bosses and foremen and superintendents in bituminous mines, those who have gone from the mines of this company have invariably returned. This was notably the case during the recent strike. Labor was never in greater demand throughout the country, and any able-bodied man could find employment upon the railroads or in the iron furnaces and mills, or in the bituminous mines and slate quarries; but those who went to the bituminous mines found the conditions so much harder and so much more disagreeable that they refused to remain, and so soon as work was resumed nearly every one who had left the employment of this company returned; and one of the most serious...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665880
  • 9781236665881