Roosevelt to end United Mine Strike

Changing the Oval Office Forever

President Urges Negotiation

President Theodore Roosevelt is urging the coal miners and their bosses to negotiate. Previously the two sides refused to negotiate, but after threat made by the president they chose to negotiate. President Roosevelt told coal industry giants that he does not need them to run their own mines. He stated that he will have the Army run the mines. President Roosevelt sent out telegrams to both sides inviting them to come to Washington D.C. to negotiate.

As Winter Approaches President Roosevelt Worries

With winter and cold weather coming quickly President Theodore Roosevelt is hoping the Coal Miners union and mine owners can make a deal. President Roosevelt is concerned about possible frigid temperatures and no heat being available for the cold months. Currently there are no miners working in Pennsylvania and the coal stockpiles are at an all time low. Currently there are over 147,000 strikers nationwide.

Coal Miners Union and Mine Owners Reach Agreement

On October 23, 1902, the 163-day anthracite coal strike ended. The agreed upon conditions are as follows, split difference between mine workers and mine owners. The miners asked for 20-percent wage increases, and most were given a 10-percent increase. The miners had asked for an 8-hour day and were awarded a 9-hour day instead of the usual 10 hour days.

Mine Workers Strike 1902

Mine Workers Strike 1902