Coal Committee Signs Agreement
May 8, 1909
The miners and operators of the major coal regions sign labor agreement representing the workers rights.
Peace between the mineworkers and the operators in the anthracite coal regions of Pennsylvania is assured for another period of three years. The agreement continuing in force until March 31, 1912, the awards of the anthracite coal strike commission was signed in the board room of the Reading company in Philadelphia by the committee of seven on behalf of the mine owners and a similar committee representing the workers. With the exception of five added stipulations suggested by the miners, the agreement is identical with the one signed in New York three years ago. The mine workers’ union is not officially recognized, the members of the miner’s committee simply signing the agreement “on behalf of the representatives of the anthracite mine workers.” The conference was a harmonious affair and ended with “everybody happy” as one of the committeemen described it.
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“Coal Committee Signs Agreement,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed May 20, 2019, https://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1882.