The Union


Local miners allied themselves with unions due to deplorable working conditions and low wages. In 1931, McIntyre miners supported a nearby miners' strike. Several hundred McIntyre miners and many from nearby towns peacefully marched through the town's Main Street. Immediately the Coal Company requested and received an injunction from Judge Langham, an anti-union judge, to prohibit strike activities. McIntyre miners belonged to Local 3548, District 2, of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). The struggle to improve working conditions and wages was fought throughout the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s by miners in local UMWA unions in Pennsylvania and in other coal producing states.


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