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"Coal is not only the base of our civilization and a key to our continued high standard of living but it is also playing a leading part in the recovery of Europe and other backward nations of the world. Our dependency upon coal as a basic source of energy is growing greater and greater every day. Some day atomic power may be our principal source of energy but the list of technical obstacles that block the way for widespread and commercial use of atomic energy is a long one. Unlike its competitors, such as petroleum and natural gas, the reserves of which are extremely limited, the reserves of coal are ample for centuries to come. In fact as far as science knows today, excluding atomic power elements, 95.5 percent of the United States fuel resources still in the ground consists of coal. It is easy to realize, with the above facts in mind, how much the industrial civilization of the United States depends on an uninterrupted and 'cheap' supply of coal. The purpose of this work is to examine the role of Unionism on the cost of coal...The scope of this work is first, to develop an historical perspective through a critical survey of the growth of unionism and subsequently to analyse the effects the attendants of unionism (high wages, shorter working hours, and better working conditions the result in greater safety) has had on the production costs of bituminous coal"--Introduction, page 1-4.


Vine, William Arthur


Mining Engineering

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M.S. in Mining Engineering


Bituminous Coal Institute


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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iv, 56 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 79-81).


© 1950 Subrahmanya Padmanabhan, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Coal -- Costs
Coal miners -- Labor unions -- United States
Collective bargaining -- Mining industry -- United States

Thesis Number

T 876

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