You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Thursday March 26, 1903
Mother Jones Speaks on the Great Anthracite Settlement
There appeared to be some tension developing between John Mitchell, President of the United Mine Workers of America, and his employee, Mother Jones, as Mother offered this opinion on the decision handed down by the Roosevelt commission for settlement of the strike involving more than 140,000 miners:
The strike was won. Absolutely no anthracite coal was being dug. The operators could have been made to deal with the union if Mr. Mitchell had stood firm. A moral victory would have been won for the principle of unionism. This to my mind was more important than the material gains which the miners received through the later decision of [Roosevelt's] board...Mother Jones prefers for "her boys" to have the right to use the front door.
The commission found in favor of the miners in every one of their demands. The operators gracefully bowed to their findings. Labor walked into the House of Victory through the back door.
The Autobiography of Mother Jones
-ed. by Mary Field Parton
Charles H. Kerr Pub, 1990
Wednesday March 26, 1913
Lawrence, Massachusetts-One Year After Victory
All is quiet these days in Lawrence. Anna Lo Pizzo, shot by a policeman, is honored as a Labor Martyr. Joe Ettor and Arturo Giovannitti have been acquitted of her murder. The jury reasonably concluded that assisting to organize the strike in which she died, did not make them guilty of capital murder. The children of the strikers, having been sent to New York City for care during the strike, are now home with their parents.
The I.W.W. Local in Lawrence has a membership of 10,000 textile workers. Wages have been raised for textile workers throughout all of New England, union and non-union alike. The public is more aware of the living and working conditions of these foreign-born workers in the great industrial areas of the eastern states.
And now, the spirit of rebellion has spread to Paterson were the strike in the silk mills continues.
An IWW Anthology
-ed. by Joyce L Kornbluh
Charles H. Kerr Pub, 1988
Tuesday March 26, 2013
From In These Times- Camo-Clad Miners Follow Example of Moses by Mike Elk
“Moses didn’t send a fax to Pharaoh. Moses didn’t send an email. He never texted Pharaoh. Moses went to Pharaoh. We are about to go see Pharaoh and he resides in that big office up at Peabody,” exclaimed Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), at a January 29 rally in St. Louis. Roberts, who honed his oratory skills as a self-proclaimed “backwoods Baptist preacher” in his hometown of Cabin Creek, W. Va., was there to fire up a crowd of about 1,000 miners, most dressed for battle in the UMWA’s trademark camouflage.Rallys have continued with more than 40 arrests. UMWA members and retirees plan to continue with more mobilizations. A large rally is scheduled for Charleston, W. Va., on April 1.
Technically, the miners were up against two Pharaohs: mining giant Peabody and its spinoff company, Patriot Coal, which is in bankruptcy proceedings at the St. Louis court across the street from the rally. The miners are furious over Patriot’s attempts in court to be relieved of its pension and healthcare obligations to more than 10,000 active and retired miners and another 10,000 beneficiaries.
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"We're fighting for our union and we shall not be moved."