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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 11, 1913

Men employed in collieries of Pacific Coast Company quit in sympathy with discharged committeeman

Organization growing about Black Diamond

Seven hundred miners employed in the three collieries of the Pacific Coast Company at Black Diamond walked out this morning because the company had refused to reinstate George Ayers, a member of the “pit committee,” reputed to be an I.W.W. organizer in the Black Diamond district.

Ayers was discharged following a quarrel with a subforman named Mitchell, with whom he had taken up a grievance of a miner who had not been supplied with a “bucker.” Ayers is said to have become abusive when Mitchell told him that he had no authority to regulate employment. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 21, 1920

Increases of from 19 cents to $1.40 a ton coming, says fuel dealer

Increases ranging from 19 cents to $1.94 in the cost of coal a ton in Seattle will ultimately be one result of the United States Railway Labor Board wage award of $600,000,000 to railway employees, said Harvey S. Jordan, commissioner of the Retail Fuel Dealers’ Association, today. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 17, 1921

Grand larceny charged against president of Black Diamond State Bank

Feeling running high

Warrant for the arrest of Thomas F. Fournier, 50, president of the State Bank of Black Diamond, on a charge of grand larceny, was issued by Justice of the Peace C.C. Dalton this morning on complaint of Claude T. Hay, state bank examiner.

The Black Diamond bank was closed last Friday when the bank examiner’s office was notified that Fournier had left it a week ago with only a girl in charge. Assets of the bank then were removed to Seattle and J.W. Harries of the bank examiner’s office now is in Black Diamond investigating the trouble.

Feeling among the miners in the town is said to be running high, according to Sheriff Matt Starwich. The miners, who have been on strike for several months, were dependent upon their scanty savings in the bank for support.

Bail for Fournier has been fixed at $10,000. Fournier is said to be a highly educated man, speaking five languages. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 11, 1888

Action of the miners without serious cause, and they are expected to resume work today

Knights of Labor seal

Knights of Labor seal

Three hundred fifty men are idle at Black Diamond, a strike having been ordered at that place by the local Assembly of the Knights of Labor. The trouble, as near as can be learned, is due to alleged injustice against one man. According to one of the miners who came to town yesterday morning, the circumstances were about as follows:

A miner named Finnegan came to Black Diamond some weeks ago and applied for work. The mine being supplied, Finnegan was put to work on the outside and allowed laborers’ wages, $2.50 per day. Afterwards he asked to be put into the mine, and he was put at rock work on Section Twelve. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 4, 1922

Friction between Newcastle union and nonunion miners nearly causes tragedy

Newcastle School District No. 13

Friction between striking coal miners at Newcastle and nonunion men during the last few weeks almost culminated in the killing of a girl riding in an automobile with Frank Suspensick, a union miner on strike, according to Sheriff Matt Starwich. A bullet, fired from a 32-caliber automatic pistol by a school boy, narrowly missed the girl, he said.

Protest of patrons of the Newcastle School District No. 13 relative to the action of sheriff’s deputies in questioning school children in regard to their reported use of slingshots and rocks under the alleged instruction of striking miners, today led to a statement of the affair by the sheriff. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 3, 1922

The first of 200 homes in which the miners and their families will be housed.

The first of 200 homes in which the miners and their families will be housed.

Labor leaders addressed striking coal miners and their sympathizers at the dedication of the new town of Morganville, thirty-three miles southeast of Seattle yesterday afternoon.

The state district organization of the United Mine Workers of America built or rather is building, Morganville to shelter the striking miners of Black Diamond who sold or surrendered leases on homes on company ground when the open shop was established in that camp last August. The new town stands almost adjoining the old “company” town.

Combined with the dedication of the new “union” town was a deferred celebration of the twenty-fourth anniversary of the establishment by the United Mine Workers in the great bituminous coal fields of the East of the eight-hour day and the joint contract or working agreement system of dealing with their employers. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, March 19, 1922

No action taken regarding manner of handling situation if strike comes

umaWith the adjournment taken late yesterday until tomorrow morning, the prospects are that the biennial state district convention of the United Mine Workers, the coal miners’ international union, meeting in Seattle, will remain in session a part, at least, of another week. The convention met last Monday and is holding its sessions at the Labor Temple.

No definite action has been taken so far, it was said, regarding the local handling of the situation that will arise should the threatened nation-wide strike of the coal mine workers come on April 1. (more…)

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