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Pittston Coal Company Strike Tape

 Collection — Videotape: 1
Identifier: AppMs-0351

Scope and Contents

On April 5, 1989 the United Mine Workers (UMW) called a strike against the Pittston Coal Group for unfair labor practices. Miners had worked 14 months without a contract before the UMW called the strike. Among the practices cited by UMW were the discontinuing of medical benefits for pensioners, widows, and the disabled; refusal to contribute to a benefit trust established in 1950 for miners who retired before 1974; and refusing to bargain in good faith. Miners in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia struck against Pittston. The miners and their families engaged in a civil disobedience campaign against the company. The strike led to violence between strikers and company representatives; state troopers were called out to arrest striking miners. The strike ended on February 20, 1990 when miners voted to ratify a contract with Pittston.

The Pittston Coal Company Strike Tape is a 60-minute u-matic video cassette which contains footage of strike activities in Southwest Virginia taken by WKPT-TV, Kingsport, Tennessee in 1989. Strike activities taped include roadside picketing, sit-ins at the entrance to Pittston mines, and strike rallies.


  • 1989


Conditions Governing Access

The tape is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Public use of the tape must give credit to WKPT-TV.


1.00 item(s) (One 3/4" U-Matic Video Tape)

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Method of Acquisition

The Pittston Coal Company Strike Tape was donated to the archives by Joe Gragg, videographer for WKPT-TV, Kingsport, Tennessee, on behalf of the station, on November 30, 1989.

Processing Information

Processing of the tape was completed in August 1992 by Marie Tedesco.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA