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Image 1 of Mountain eagle (Whitesburg, Ky.), April 28, 1966

Part of Mountain eagle (Whitesburg, Ky.)

Ellzde.fci Hanson r ojacftK few , j rc pad:or,!aLS '' MOUNTAIN EAGLE IT SCREAMS! Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April SUREST SIGN conspiracy This was the scene at Whitesburg High School Sunday afternoon as 150 Whitesburg Seniors assembled for their annual class trip to Washington, D. C. , and New York City. They are due to return home late Friday. For many of the students, the trip marks their first real "adult" venture away from home, and this fact was marked by numerous tears on the part of parents and students alike. But it was a joyful occasion for rs most of the 1, 000 assembled to see them off on their four special chartered buses. (Eagle Photos) South-Ea- st Coal Co. this week filed suit for $C, 306,000 from Consolidation Coal Co. , and the United Mine Workers of America. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for Eastern Kentucky at Richmond. It charges Consol and the UMWA conspired with other major coal companies and with the Bituminous Coal Association "to restrain the trade of smaller coal producers and producers operating in mining conditions less favorable than those of tne major producers, and to monopolize the bituminous coal industry for the major coal producers." South-Ea- st charged that as a result of the conspiracy, the UMWA has declined to negotiate a contract with South-Eas- t, insisting that it could sign no collective bargaining agreement other than tne National Bituminous Coal Vage agreement of 1950, as amended. This is the .. . standard contract between the union and major producers. South-Ea- st charged the UMWA and Consol with violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act, sections 1 and 2, and the Clayton Antitrust Act, section 15. The company said that it has "Been deprived of the rights and protections of the collective bargaining process" and has been subjected to acts of violence and intimidation "as a result of the illicit agreement, understanding and conspiracy of United Mine Workers of America with major coal producers, particularly those represented by the bituminous Coal Operators Association." "....Asa consequence of the foregoing, the plaintiff (South-Eas- t) has suffered very substantial losses in the years 1962 through 19C5 and to the present time. It has had expensive property and equipment damaged and destroyed by dynamitings and violence accompanying the turmoil and confusion resulting from the refusal of the union to engage in practical and reasonable collective bargaining as a result of the illicit agreement with major producers. The profit making ability of the plaintiff demonstrated in prior years has been destroyed." South-Ea- st Coal Co., has been , one of the major coal companies of Eastern Kentucky for nearly WHITESBURG half a :entury, and has operated large mines at Seco, Millstone, Whitesburg, Hazard, Blackey Goose Creek and Deane. It also or a point unknown? has a multi -- million dollar coal The University of Kentucky processing plant on the. Kentucky Board of Trustees will meet in River at Irvine. Lexington Tuesda' and is schedIn the organizing days of the UMuled to make a tormal decision Plans call for 4,000 towers, The American Electric Power WA in the 1930's the owners of and announcement as to the loranging in height from 110 to Co., announced it will spend South-Ea- st were among the first cation of the community college 145 feet. $200 million on new power to recognize and extend collective The towers will be placed along in the Letcher -- Perry County area and market eleclines to gather bargaining and to sign a contract a 200-foauthorized by the Kentucky legiscleared right-of-wtricity to be produced in the with the UMWA. Relationships e about a quarter-millature four years ago. apart, the Appalachian coal fields, includbetween the company and the firm said. In the Kentucky Numerous sites in the two counting Eastern Kentucky. union continued good for a quaies have been inspected in the inter rter AEP said it will build a 1,050 mountains, however, the towers century. vening years by university officials, at times will support spans of of mile transmission network The following, quoted from the and tliey are to make a recommend 2, 000 feet or more, reaching 765,000-vo- lt added -from mountain top to mountain ation to the trustees. But just what "text of the petition South East the that 136 miles of the network, filed in Federal Court, states that recommendation will be is a top. will be located in Kentucky, company's account of what has closely guarded secret. roughly between Ashland, Louisa, taken place since: Pikeville and Jenkins. At Louisa WH IS MAN NAMEQJ0 WASH INGT0N JOB. it will tie in with a new $100 "After World War II, the econgenuovernors ot tne Appalachian million, 800 omics of the bituminous coal inWashington - John D, Whisman, areaelected Whisman as the erating unit to be added to the dustry became unstable by reason Kentucky Power Co. plant on the wno is m cnarge of tastern statesreglQnal representative of the fact that there was more programs as on the commission. Big Sandy River . Kentucky Whisman coal being produced than the marthe Governor's adviser, lias been wilj in effect serve"as-cp-chai- rPower Co. is owned by AEP. kets required; before 1950, Connamed to one of the two top pos-man of the acency. ThethairThe extra high voltage lines solidation Coal Company and itions with the Appalachian Reman is John L. Sweeney, who is" will call for new designs in jor companies auuiated witn gional Commission. steel and aluminum towers. (Continued on Page 8) , well-wishe- iiiiKiBSPYyft'i1sStfF!i OR??? Power grid planned ot att Vol. 58, No. 50 Coal company suit charges SPRING'S ,000-kilow- 28, 1966 ay that company were in agreement that the principal problem of the industry was and that the growth of small, independn producers was ent and contributing to the problem; Consolidation Coal Company and the major producers affiliated with that company disagreed with the union on how the problem should be handled in the period right after World War II. On its side, United Mine Workers of America was contending that the answer was to establish a production control plan in the bituminous coal industry, to cut down on the waking time of all producers and to enable th members of the union to share work opportunities on an equal basis. The union contended that if the major companies could not give the leadership necessary on this economic phase, the union could and would provide the leadership necessary to attain a stabilization plan; the union urged and applied a three -- day work week in the industry; for many months before March, 1950, the union took the initiative on the economic question and directed the working time of the men in the industry. On its side. Consolidation Coal Company and the major producers affiliated with that company, worked toward the establishment of an association that would have the bargaining authority and power for the major producers through which national contracts could be negotiated with the UMWA, which contracts, after approval by the major producers, would be applied by the union in all other bargaining units of the industry, thus eliminating the possibility of competitors and mining coal under terms more favorable to the operators than those conditions agreed to by the major producers. "After a lengthy struggle between the UMWA and tne major producers in the period of 1949 and early 1950, the union and the major producers affiliated with the Consol -(Continued on Page 2) non-unio- Contract approved The United Mine Workers and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association reached agreement Wednesday on a new two and one half year contract whichpro-vide- s wage increasesof $1 a day for about 40,000 miners. The contract boosts to $27.25 a day the basic wage, but provides a new basic wage of $30 a day for the three top classifications of underground mining machine operators, inside electricians and inside mechanics. It also provides eight paid holidays, wi th provision for triple pay for work dme those days. A revised seniority clause specifies that when a mine is abandoned or closed, the laid-d- T miner has the right to transfer to another mine of the same company in the same UMW district before the company can hire any new men. miners--continuo- us

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