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Chapter 9 - Can the Coal-Miners of the United States Get Justice Through Political Action?

JUST as the American seamen have their "Seaman's Bill" (or Seaman's pill, as it is usually called) and have spent $40,000.00 up to date in a vain attempt to have its questionable benefits enforced, according to the financial reports of their decaying craft union, so the coal-miners also have their "coal-miners' bills," which also deserve the name of pills, bitter rather than sweet. There are such laws as the 8-hour law, the anti-script law, the company store law, the mine-sprinkling law, the check-weighman law, etc.

Chapter 8 - Coal-Mine Accidents

THE so-called "public," that is, the people who do not work in coal-mines, have the impression that, next to working in an ammunition or powder factory, there is no more dangerous calling than that of the coal-miner. And the public is right. At irregular intervals the whole world is shocked by the reports of mine explosions which have cost from 100 to 1,000 workers their lives. Such mine catastrophes are so common that explosions costing less than 100 lives attract little notice.

Chapter 7 - Coal Production in the United States

The following table shows the total number of tons of coal produced per year at different periods.

Net Tons
Net Tons


Chapter 6 - Who is Who in the Coal-Mining Industry?

How Did the "Operators" Get the Coal Lands?

Chapter 5 - Who is a Coal Miner?

A Description of the Occupations in and Around the Coal-Mines

Chapter 4 - The Early History of Coal in the United States

Transportation and Coal-Mining—the Industrial Siamese Twins

Chapter 3 - The Coal Fields of United States and Canada

THE COAL FIELDS of the United States rank first in area of all the coal fields of the world, the known coal areas aggregating 339, 887 square miles out of the total 3,624,122 square miles of the United States, including Alaska, or nearly one-tenth of the total area. To this may be added 84,482 square miles sup-posed, but not definitely known to contain workable coal, and 28,470 square miles in which the coal lies at depths of 3,000 feet or more.

Chapter 2 - The Coal Resources of the World

THERE are few things in this world which are the object of so many uncomplimentary remarks as statistical figures. They are called "dry," "uninteresting," "dull" and "cold" and many other similar names. In many cases this harsh condemnation of statistics is purely subjective and may be traced to a failure to really study the meaning of the figures.

Chapter 1 - What is Coal? How Did it Come Into Existence?

COAL is a mineral of vegetable origin, ranging in color from dark brown to black, and consisting chiefly of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. When distilled coal yields coal gas and coal tar, the latter the principal source of benzine and numerous other products.

Woman sacked for having a Coal Dust Free Brisbane sign in her car – what next in Queensland?

By Kate Dennehy - Lock the Gate Alliance, August 26, 2014

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10636594_741023029303100_2869331995961584311_o.jpgThings are seriously wrong in a state that allows a hard-working woman to be sacked for having a Coal Dust Free Brisbane sign in her car. But that’s happened to Wynnum West resident, Kym Garrick who was sacked from her security officer job at the Port of Brisbane.

Ms Garrick’s sign from the Clean Air Queensland (CAQ ) group says: “Coal Dust Free Brisbane. No extra coal trains. Lids on wagons. Cover stockpiles.”

She lives on the train line along which 150,000 uncovered coal train wagons pass every year travelling through Brisbane suburbs to the port near Wynnum.

“I had the sign in the car because of all the problems we have with coal dust and coal train noise living so close to the line,” she said. “My washing gets coal dust all over it, I and my animals must be breathing in the dust and I had to install water tanks because I need so much water to wash down my yard and vegetable garden.”

Her termination letter, issued on August 6 on Corporate Protection Australia Group letterhead, stated that her employment contract with the Port of Brisbane “has been terminated, effective immediately” because she refused to remove the sign from her car.

Apparently the Port of Brisbane is claiming the sign made Ms Garrick ‘a security risk’.


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