Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1903. First Edition, separate printing, not contained in an issued volume of reports. Hardcover. Octavo; pp; 257; color frontispiece map; blue cloth decorated in blind, gilt lettered spine; Ownership bookplate of the Cushman Library Reference Room, No other markings what-so-ever; Very good, a bright copy. Very good. Item #13960
The official report of Theodore Roosevelt's Independent Commission. TR extended the power of the Executive by his pronounced hands-on approach to the negotiations that eventually settled this strike. Overall it was a win for Labor but a bigger win for the American people. The spectre of a winter of coal shortages in urban America motivated TR to take a larger and more forceful role. See Morris' "Theodore Rex" pp. 131-137, 150-169, for a blow by blow description. The Commission's report was ground breaking, it marked the first instance of the Federal government acting as an independent arbitrator in a labor dispute. The UMW members negotiated and were awarded a 10% pay increase and a reduction in working hours.