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Prolonged Coal Strike
Appears in Prospect As Talks Recess . .By the Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va.', Sept. 23.—With John L. Lewis’ miners on a “no-day work week,”. a long coal strike seemed possible today. , The term was coined by Mr. I,iewis himself in describing the walkout which has kept the Na tion’s 480,000 miners off the job since Monday. He indicated the no-day week will stay in force un til a new contract is reached. , The United Mine Workers’ chief bluptly rejected a two-year ex tension of the old contract yes terday. He declared the current dispute in the steel industry was blocking a wage settlement for miners. Talks Recess Until Sept. 29. Mr, Lewis and operators of the North and West, who have been meeting at this resort at intervals through the summer, recessed their talks until September 29. Both sides reported stonewall opposition, and Mr. Lewis reverted to his old policy of “no contract, no work," at least for the course of the bargaining talks. The min ers, who had been working a three-day week since their con tracts expired in July, walked out last. Monday in protest against suspension of pensions and dis ability payments from the thi'ee year-old miners’ welfare fund. The suspension was ordered by Mr. Lewis and his welfare fund trustees after at least three large ! Southern operators withheld their payments into the fund. The operators said they could not be made to keep up’the 20 cent tonnage royalty for welfare benefits in the absence of a writ ten contract. That pact expired last June 30. Mr. Lewis on July 1 directed the miners to work a three-day week indefinitely without a contract, and that seemed to mean he was abandoning the historic ‘‘no con tract, no work” policy. But the mine leader told a news conference last night that the miners, finding themselves with out a contract, are now "exercising their options” to quit work. He said the coal diggers want new wages, hours and working conditions to "supersede” their old agreement. Says Miners Were Patient. Mr. Lewis said that the miners patiently had worked the short week without a contract since July 1, but had acted as individuals— presumably in the absence of any wink or nod from Mr, Lewis when they quit work last Monday. The United Mine Workers' lead er insisted that the steel dispute was hampering any settlement in coal. He said George H. Love, head of Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Co. and leading spokesman for the Northern and Western operators, was interested in the national steel controversy. Mr. Lewis said Mr. Love was like the Biblical Sampson, who pushed pillars apart and tottered a temple. Mr. Lewis said Mr. Love "so successfully placed his shoulder to the columns that he pulled the temple down around his ears.” > Instead of having a three-day work week, Mr. Lewis said, “the mine workers individually have jHERZOG'S • F ST. AT 10th ilk... 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Northern and Western operators —and the anthracite producers— had kept up their payments to the welfare fund but were closed down anyway, Mr. Love pointed out. The operator chief told report ers the employers were willing to continue until March 31, 1951, under the same contract, which he said provided the "highest wages of any mass industry in the world.” He also said the 20-cent royalty was “50 per cent higher” than the Presidential Fact-Finding Board proposed for the steel industry. Suit Charging Misuse Of Welfare Funds Is Filed by Miner By the Associated Press A new note was introduced into the Nation’s troubled coal situa tion today by a suit charging il legal use of the United Mine Workers’ health and welfare fund. The court action, brought yes terday by a 54-year-old miner, claimed that so much money has dribbled fro mthe $100,000,000-a year fund through payments to ineligible persons that “no amount of royalty payments” could re pair the damage. The miner, G. H. Livengood of Fayette County, Pa., asked Dis trict Court here to remove Fund Trustees John L. Lewis, Ezra Van Horn and Senator Bridges, Re publican, of New Hampshire, and appoint new ones answerable to the court. Mr. Lewis, UMW chief, current ly' negotiating for his striking miners with Northern and West ern coal operators, is seeking a boost in the 20-cents-a-ton royal ity which financed the fund under recently-expired contracts. He told newsmen at White Sul phur Springs, W. Va., scene of the talks, that Mr. Livengood's action “is probably a part of the program of harassment of the fund by various coal interests and other opponents of welfare.” Senator Bridges said, “I’m get ting so used to being sued as a trustee that it isn't anything new any more." He disclosed that a suit also has been filed in Harlan, Ky., but said he didn’t know what it was about. Senator Bridges, the “neutral" trustee, _ has indicated that he wants to quit. Mr. Van Horn al ready has handed in his resigna tion as representative of the mine owners on the fund. • Mr. Livengood—a lifelong miner who had been receiving $100-a month welfare payments until the fund recently suspended opera tions due to lack of money— charged that the fund never has been audited, although the con tracts setting it up required such action annually. He asked the court to require an accounting from the trustees, who, he, said, were using their po sitions “as a means of wielding political power.” “The reason I brought this suit.” he said in a statement, “was to get the racketeering out of the welfare and retirement fund and to protect the workers in the future from uncontrolled admin istration of this'fund.’’ Mr. Livengood said that as financial secretary of UMW Local 6308 in Fayette County he was ordered to make welfare payments to ineligible miners, while some who were eligible couldn't get them. His own payments, he said, started in March when what he called “super hypertension” forced him to leave the coal pits. Mr. Lewis and Senator Bridges voted to suspend the welfare pay ments September 19—with Mr. Van Horn dissenting—because the fund was running out of money. Senator Bridges said it had only $14,000,000 on September 1. The current mine walkout fol lowed. One of Mr. Livengood’s attor neys, Robert P. Smith, said that until there is an accounting there was no way to tell how much the fund may have lost through the alleged misuse of payments. But, he said, it is “probably a fabulous sum.” John Adams enjoyed the great est longevity of any American President. He lived to be 90. Big Louisiana Tides Expected Alter Squall By th« A»*ociat»d Pr#»s MIAMI, Fla., Sept. 23.—A squall area in the Western Gulf of Mexico today brought a threat of high tides to the Louisiana coast. Scattered squalls with winds up to 50 miles per hour were reported in the area and the Weather Bureau said “continued caution is advised as this disturbance may still increase intensity.” Tides along the Louisiana coast will be “considerably above nor mal,” the bureau warned. The disturbance was moving nor.th ward about 5 miles an hour but reconnaisance planes failed to find a center of circulation. The area was located about 220 miles east of Corpus Christi last night. Meanwhile, a small tropical hurricane died in the mountains of the Dominican Republic, de generating into an area of squalls with strong, gusty winds to the south and southeast. Before it died the storm caused the death* of eight men. who drowned before a crowd of 4,000 spectators at the port entrance of Cuidad Trujillo. The dead included the captain of the sailboat Puerto Plata and his crew of four, and three young men who plunged into the sea m a vain attempt to rescuce them. 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