Tag Archives: Mines

1987: Basebenzi Masimanyane

Congress of South African Trade Unions: 1987 Calendar In 1987, COSATU conducted a two-day strike during the general elections in May as part of its Living Wage Campaign. More than 2.5 million workers took part. Later that month, their headquarters … Continue reading

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1913: Christmas Massacre

In July, 1913 there were about 15,000 miners working for the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company in several mines in Michigan’s northern peninsula—about 9,000 of them were members of the Western Federation of Miners. When the union demanded recognition, management … Continue reading

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1984: The Battle of Orgreave

On June 18, 1984, 5,000 picketers—members of the UK National Union of Mineworkers and their supporters—arrived at the British Steel Corporation coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, determined to prevent scab trucks from leaving the plant with deliveries. They were … Continue reading

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2005: Liu Jinsuo

Xu Weixin: Miner Liu Jinsuo—from a series of miner portraits (2005-15)

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1936: Coal Tipple

Louise Pershing: Bituminous Coal Tipple (1936)

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1989: Overcome Evil with Good

Mineworkers at the Pittston Coal Company went on strike on April 5, 1989. The company had unilaterally made cuts to workers’ health care and ceased providing health care benefits to about 1,500 retirees, widows, and disabled miners. It had also … Continue reading

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1934: Slugged

Carl Williams, Organizer for the United Mine Workers, District 19; Harlan County, Kentucky, 1934 Written on image reverse: “Slugged.” (source)

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