Today in Labor History

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October 23, 1902


150,000 anthracite coal miners in eastern Pennsylvania end a strike that had begun five months earlier for higher wages, shorter workdays, and union recognition.  With the advent of winter and a severe coal shortage at hand, President Theodore Roosevelt set up a commission agreed to by both labor and management that ultimately arbitrated the strike, setting a precedent for future government intervention in strikes.

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