Saturday, September 1, 2007

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

On September 1, 1914, Pete R. Stewart, President of District 21, United Mine Workers of America, was sentenced to 4 months in Sebastian County jail for contempt of court. His crime was making a rousing speech on May 26 at Hartford in support of striking miners of UMWA Local Union No. 1526, who had gone out when the Bache-Denman Coal Company announced it was breaking the union wage scale agreement and would run the Prairie Creek No. 4 mine with scab labor.

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