Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wage Trouble in Iowa Mines

  From the New York Times of 2 October 1896:
  Ottumwa, Iowa, Oct. 1 -- The mines of the Appanoose District are closed and work is stopped.  The strike is the result of the new scale of prices posted yesterday at all of the mines in the district.  The men decided to quit work for the rest of the week for the purpose of considering the new scale.  At all the mines meetings were held to-day and committees appointed to attend a meeting at Centerville tonight.  The new scale gives the men 85 cents for Winter and 75 cents for Summer mining.  This is an increase over the prices paid during the latter part of last Winter and was supposed to go into effect to-day. 

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