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Union Day, April 1, 1912

In 1907, the miners of  Wilkeson organized, forming Local  No. 2634 of the United  Mineworkers of America. For the next 14 years the union worked to better wages and conditions in the mines. In 1921, with a major wage cut planned, the union workers walked out and  scabs were brought in. The strike lasted 2 1/2 years. Forced from their company owned homes, many families left Wilkeson and the  miners eventually lost their union. -
In 1907, the miners of Wilkeson organized, forming Local No. 2634 of the United Mineworkers of America. For the next 14 years the union worked to better wages and conditions in the mines. In 1921, with a major wage cut planned, the union workers walked out and scabs were brought in. The strike lasted 2 1/2 years. Forced from their company owned homes, many families left Wilkeson and the miners eventually lost their union.
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