Over 1,100 coal miners in Alabama, members of the United Mine Workers of America union, returned to work on Feb. 16 after being on strike for almost two years. After the four mines had been taken over by major investors following the bankruptcy of the former owners, the workers had taken a pay cut and accepted a contract with substandard terms. They were promised their concessions would be addressed in the next contract, but that never happened. The workers walked out, beginning an unfair labor practices strike that ended after years of picket lines, scabs, and sheer exhaustion wore them out.

Read the full story by Kim Kelly for Fast Company, published February 26, 2023, here:


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