Krug-Lewis Agreement


By October 1946, the United States owned and operated most of the country`s bituminous coal mines. The terms of employment were controlled “for the duration of government ownership” by an agreement signed on May 29, 1946 between Secretary of the Interior Krug as administrator of the coal mine and John L. Lewis as president of the United Mine Workers of America. The Krug-Lewis agreement embodied profound and pro-miners` changes; and, unless amended and supplemented, the Agreement adopts the terms of the national wage contract for bituminous coal of 11 April 1945. On October 21, 1946, the defendant Lewis sent a letter to Minister Krug and asked questions that led directly to the present controversy. According to the defendant Lewis, the Krug-Lewis contract was transferred to § 15 of the National Agreement on Bituminous Wages of 11 April 1945. Under this section, each Party had the privilege of giving written notice ten days before the request for a negotiating conference in which the other Party was to participate; fifteen days after the commencement of the Conference, either Party may notify the termination of the Agreement in writing with effect from five days after receipt of such notice. According to the Government, Article 15 of the 1945 Agreement had not been preserved by the Krug-Lewis Agreement; Paragraph 15 was expressly annulled by the clause in the latter contract, according to which the clauses contained therein were intended to cover the duration of the Government`s possession. On November 15, the union, through Minister Krug of John L. Lewis, announced that “fifteen days have passed since the beginning of the said conference, the United Mine Workers of America, which hereby exercises its option, terminates this Krug-Lewis agreement as of 12:00 p.m.

.m. P.M., midnight, Wednesday, 20. November 1946. Minister Krug again informed defendant Lewis that he did not have the power under the Krug-Lewis Agreement or the law to terminate the contract by unilateral declaration. The President of the United States announced his strong support for the government`s position and called for a review by the Union to avoid a national crisis. However, defendant Lewis, as president of the union, distributed copies of the November 15 letter to Minister Krug to the miners. On November 18, the United States filed a lawsuit in a District Court for the District of Columbia against United Mine Workers of America and John L. Lewis, individually and as union presidents. The action was brought under the Declaratory Judgment Act and sought a judgment that the defendants did not have the power to unilaterally terminate the Krug-Lewis agreement. And with the claim that the communication of 15. November was actually a strike announcement, the U.S. sought an injunction and injunction pending the final determination of the case.

The court immediately issued an injunction without notifying the defendants prohibiting the defendants from pursuing the November 15 notice, encouraging the miners to disrupt the operation of the mines through strikes or halts work, and from taking any action that would affect the court`s jurisdiction and decision on the case. The order on their terms is due to expire on 27 November at 15:00 .m, unless an extension for good cause. After the extension of the injunction on 27 November and after the full statement of reasons on 27 November and 29 November. On the last day, the court dismissed the motion and ruled that its power to issue the injunction in this case was not affected by either the Norris-LaGuardia Act or the Clayton Act. The defendants then pleaded not guilty and waived the formation of an advisory jury. The contempt trial continued. At the end of the trial on 3 December, the court concluded that the defendants had left the 15 November notice in abeyance, that the miners had encouraged them to interfere in the mining and exercise of state functions through a strike, and that they had interfered with the court`s jurisdiction. Both accused were convicted, without a reasonable doubt, of criminal and civil contempt on November 18. On 5 December, the accused appealed contempt judgements. Judgments were suspended until appeals were filed.

The United States filed a petition for certiorari on December 6 in both cases. Article 240 (a) of the Judicial Code approves a request for certiorari by each party and the issuance of certiorari prior to judgment before the Circuit Court of Appeals. Since the immediate resolution of this matter is in the public interest, we granted the certiorari on December 9, and then, for similar reasons, we granted Certiorari`s claims filed by the defendants, 329 U.S. 708, 709, 710. The cases have been summarized for argument. The anniversary of the historic promise of 1946 offers an opportunity to reflect on when – and why – the labor movement and workers themselves were attacked as unpatriotic and even anti-American. In recent years, this guarantee has been threatened. Looking back at events such as the miners` strike and the 1946 promise serves two purposes: first, it provides the context for these contemporary debates, and second, the anniversary of this historic labor contract offers an opportunity to better remember how the labor movement and workers themselves were attacked as unpatriotic and even anti-American. the destructive effects of these attacks. and how the promise itself reflects a much more unified view of patriotic communities and the American working class. Then-Secretary of the Interior Krug negotiated with UMWA President John L. Lewis the National Agreement on Oil Wages, which was signed at the White House under president Truman`s eyes.

The historic Krug-Lewis agreement created a social protection and pension fund that. Payments to minors and their dependents and survivors in respect of loss of wages that is not or adequately compensated under the provisions of federal or state law and results from illness. permanent disability, death or retirement. The agreement also created a medical and hospital fund that built hospitals in the coal fields. A promise made to the United Mining Workers of America (UMWA) is never taken lightly and without careful consideration. The terms of each agreement create a binding agreement that is valid for years, decades or indefinitely. A promise creates a bond between the parties that obliges all parties involved to honor. Compliance with the terms of an agreement defines the reliability and integrity of the person, institution, company or government making the promise. “The promise made to the White House in 1946 did several things, but none was more important than ensuring the retirement security of coal miners and their families for their service to the nation, including health care from cradle to grace,” President Roberts said.

Since then, EU miners have worked tirelessly to supply and protect their land with energy. To this day, UMWA members remain faithful to their end of the agreement, and we intend to hold the government to account. To achieve this goal, minors over the age of 70 have traded less in their wallets on payday to ensure their dignity and that of their surviving spouse in retirement. Over the decades, as bankruptcies and other economic shocks hit the coal industry, the U.S. government continued to recognize that it must deliver on the promise of the Krug-Lewis agreement, which continues to play a role in providing health care to retirees and widows whose businesses have gone out of business. The following year, the government returned control of the mines to the miners. Each subsequent national wage agreement for bituminous coal required the undersigned employers to participate in and contribute to the Social Protection and Pension Fund, which eventually became the Pension Fund in 1974. Miners have also contractually committed to providing lifelong health care and pensions to retired and disabled miners and their surviving spouses. The Joint Select Committee could provide the necessary financial support to the 1974 UMWA Pension Fund and other trade union pension funds, thus preventing their collapse.

“Congress must take action to address the issue of miners` health and pensions,” Roberts said. “Or tens of thousands of miners and surviving spouses will begin to lose their health care by the end of the year. Congress must act now. Congress avoided enacting the Juvenile Protection Act in late 2016 and passed only a four-month emergency solution that would guarantee benefits until the end of April 2017. [11] With the emergency solution fast expiring, the proponents of the Juvenile Protection Act are fighting for support for the permanent solution. A few months later, a prominent Methodist leader went even further by associating union activism with anti-Americanism. Bischof William A. sprach am 10. February 1920 at Mount Vernon Place Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore. . . .