This is the cover of the United Mine Workers Journal from the May 3, 1917 issue. The title of the journal is paired with the image of a miner holding a certificate that says “Organization,” the scales of “Justice,” and an open book that says “Education.” The main cover image is of a young girl holding a bouquet of flowers. To either side of the image is scroll print that reads: “United We Stand; Divided We Fall.”
The United Mine Workers of America is an industrial labor union that was founded in 1890. The Journal was first published in 1891 and continues to the present day. This 1917 issue featured a Poet’s Corner, union and industry news, a calendar and reports of events, a column about women’s issues, local reports, job posting, and advertisements. Their membership was made up of many immigrants, so the magazine featured Italian and Slovak language sections. The Journal serves to connect workers across the nation and aid in organizing efforts. The first headline article in the May 3, 1917 issue reads “Wage Rates Raised by Agreement for Anthracite Miners” and reports on the outcome of successful negotiations to raise the daily wage rate as much as 36% in some cases.
National Executive Board of the United Mine Workers of America