Statement of Facts and Summary of Committee Appointed By Honorable John F. Hylan Mayor of the City of New York To Investigate the Labor Conditions at the Berwind-White Company's Coal Mines in Somerset and Other Counties, Pennsylvania
New York: By the Committee, 1922. First Edition. Quarto. Printed wrappers; 35 pages; 10 photographic plates (halftones) included in pagination. Moderate external wear and soil; ink ownership signature to front cover; binding staples loosening, with a few pages loose in binding; still a complete, unmarked copy, Very Good. The Anthracite Strike of 1922 precipitated a steep inflation in the price of hard coal, which in turn resulted in a dramatic increase in operating subsidies for New York City's subway systems. These increases prompted the present inquiry by a specially-appointed Mayor's Committee to investigate the situation in Pennsylvania, especially at mines owned by E.J. Berwind, the primary purveyor of fuel to the IRT Subway system. Berwind, not coincidentally, was also the principal shareholder in the IRT at this time - a conflict which eventually led to municipal acquisition and public control of New York's subway lines under the reform-minded Mayor John F. Hylan. Thanks partly to Berwind's evasive and belligerent responses to the Committee, the present report is highly unfavorable to his company and to the managers' side of the strike in general. The commissioners note the abysmal living and working conditions at Berwind-White's mines; the disingenuousness of the mine managers' negotiations with strikers; and the intractability of Berwind-White's management in assisting with the investigation. Illustrated with ten excellent photographic plates documenting the investigation. Scarce; OCLC gives 8 locations. MUNN 1190.