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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 4, April 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript i y Edgar H. Dixon Homes arc being heated all over the nation by oil and natural gas. thanks to the national pipeline system, which in the |,asl ten years has been »-xl«-ri<l«-«l throughout the nation, including coal- burning areas. The result is that today coal supplies euih -ome .it) per cent of America s "energy" instead of the formerly gnat figure of '"I 1','t* cut at the turn of I In- century. l el il men eil-ee he argued thai an) industry should support firsl those who work in it, and only those should work in il whom it can support. Lewis actions can be ably defended b) a mere description of the condition of lln- in- dustn miner-wise during the "heyday. The lot of the average miner is far better than il was fifty years ago. Thanks to Mr. Lewis, safety in the mines, which was al one lime almost nonexistent, is now a paramount feature. The I 'MW. under Mr. Lewis' guidance, has been insist,-nt thai the condition of the mines he improved I" meet rigid standards sel down by the union. In tin- old <!a\s. In man) mining areas, each mountain community wets separated tee em almost unbelievable extent. In each little mining town, the coal eompan) own.-el the -lore- From which the miners procured food and the necessities of living. Wages were fantastically low and the miner was always in debt. He could not leave the mines, nor could he improve his |,,t. Conditions down inside the mines were appalling and human life seemed to be not highly valued. Since then, thanks lo Mr. Lewis, this ha- changed. The- leei e>f tlie average miner today Pane lfi is good see long as he is we,iking. Through the years, Lewis has changed '-nl conditions to extremely good ones. Friend and foe acknowledge lhal his stature is heroic. I nfortunately, many say he has gone loo far. .Now. he has been forced to make an "agonizing reappraisal" of his own industry. Mrieiilv he- has priced himself, his miners and the mini' owners almost out of their jobs in many areas, so Lewis, the hard-bitten independent, lhe man who haled govern- nient interference, has had to turn to lhal which he usee! tei despise namely, the government. Lewis is also, oul of necessity, forced into a position of partnership with management, lb- has recommended thai the governmenl sel up a "national fuels j,.ilicv" which would permit coal to participate in the national economy, al leeisl tu the extent thai existing investments of ....ll. the mine owners and lhe 1 MW arc protected. In short, John Lewis wants the government to set up a definite line whereby lln- use's of coal would be firm and guaranteed and protected from other "energy products." Moreover, he wauls Vmerican coal promoted all over the world. \t the same time a committee of slate governors has recommended that Congress consider the importance of to lhe security uf the nation. coal Both I .i'w i- .mil spokesmen for the mine owners are in agreemenl that imports of oil in certain areas shoulel be hailed. However, the mine owners blame pari of their position on governmenl interference, restrictions, and limitations on their operations. Moreover, lhe geev- ernment, they claim, supported other "energy products" eit the expense of coal. Lewis has become a foremost pro- tagonist for the coal industry in the nation. He in his later years has learned fas others have learned) lln- folly e.f extremism in anv capacity. Both Lewis and tbe mine owners are in agreemenl that to save themselves, they must pre- vent further inroads front other -011111-. Politically speaking. Jeelin Lewi-, the gruff demon of the mine ovvhers. the ogre From win,in mine owners children once were taught to flee-, has be- . .eini- one eel the Finest allies of the coal operators. On tin- other hand, he i- al-., a power I,, hind the mine' owners each is dependent on the other. V- an example of thc lnv e pact between the mine' owners and Lewis, the able- warrior has petitioned the federal governmenl In protect lhe high wages ,,l the miners through the use of the Walsh-llealv Act. This legislation \e.i- designed to protect wages of low- / ee sal,scrllie. /■ime ir, -Wide World Pholo Eugene A. Yates paid industrial workers, such as the,-'' employed in lhe tobacco, paint, shoe, anil drug industries. Moreover, Lewis has accused the Tennessee Valle) Authority "I buying coal from nonunion plants at a considerably lower price' than would be the case were T\ \ lei buy I'min lln- 1 MW contracl mines. In hi* appeal to ihe government, and in paf" ticular Labor Secretary Mitchell. Lewi8 is joined l>v several coal operators, ll is said thai Secrelan Mitchell '• nol al all tins) mpathetie to Lev, is' v ieWS. Lewis has not onl) joined fences with the mine owners, he i- in apparetll agreemenl with two other gentlemen M.inieK the Messrs, Dixon and Yates who also are considered in some que"'' lei's 1 o be in opposition to TVA- Perhaps Lewi- Feels that the I MW would actually be better able to bargain with private industry than with thc government. If SO, hi' i- nut alone in a leu":-1' and growing field ,,f labor leaders both at home and abroad, who an' learnin? at the expense of their unions and union members thai il is far easier In deal with private industry which, after all- is -nil competitive, rather than wilh " -'ov ernment enterprise. Today coal mav he In serious Iroub'1'' The troubles mav continue I,, mullip'j I.ul the long-range outlook i- ; , Looking far into lhe future ..I' sever*1 dead,-, fuel experts seem to led I1"'1 coal production mav even double. In hi- seventy-fifth year. John ' l.e-w is romance « ith the coal operator*' Iii- apparenl -hill In philosophy to ;l mine conservative view, and thc eii'' battled position of th.' coal industry '" general, make Lewi- the linn in a ne* peaceable kingdom. FACTS FORUM NEWS, April, '"'"' J&NCE ll„ ',an expo, >Ut fiv, S beer ■Xuance "I.' 'A.",-.
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