The United Mine Workers of America, and the Non-Union Coal Fields

The United Mine Workers of America, and the Non-Union Coal Fields

The United Mine Workers of America, and the Non-Union Coal Fields

The United Mine Workers of America, and the Non-Union Coal Fields

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It is the purpose of this book to examine the case for and against the extension of the United Mine Workers of America to non-union coal fields. The author is aware that his analysis runs counter to many current notions. He also feels that the general trend of the argument may be confusing unless the reader has in mind the skeleton form of the development.

The reason usually advanced for the introduction of a union is the anticipation of an immediate economic gain for the hitherto unorganized workers. Conditions in a nonunion shop or mine are presumed to be much worse than in a union. That is, hours are longer, wages are lower, sanitation and safety are more meagerly provided for. True to form, this is the line of attack taken by the coal miners. The author in his first prejudice assumed this to be correct and proceeded to make his study from this angle. To his great surprise he found little justification for such an argument. The facts seem to be that at any given time wages, hours and general living conditions are likely to be about the same. The facts which lead to this assertion are set forth in the first chapters of this book.

When it is not the immediate economic reason that is advanced, the argument becomes more general. It takes on a philosophico-psychological aspect, dealing in a confusing manner with both sentimental and scientific appeals for freedom. There is undoubtedly much to be said for the advantages of industrial democracy; but that mystic wave of the flag and the cry of "Bunker Hill," "the Boston Tea . . .

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