Illinois City OKs Dig for 1922 Massacre Victims
About 2 dozen killed in labor dispute in Herrin
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A notorious labor dispute nearly a century ago in the city of Herrin, Ill., left nearly two dozen non-union and union miners dead. Now researchers are digging into the local cemetery to find them. The city council has given a team led by a geologist at Eastern Illinois University the green light to continue its excavation work, reports the Southern. The researchers have so far located five sets of unmarked remains, though there's no confirmation yet that they are among the victims of the Herrin Massacre, notes the AP.

"Given that they have done a lot of work already and there seems like much more work that needs to be done, I would personally and professionally encourage the council to agree with the proposal to stay with this project," said the city attorney. "Let's see where this takes us." The council agreed. The 1922 violence began after miners were fired for going on strike, and the coal company brought in non-union replacements. Most of the victims were from the latter group, and local lore has it that their bodies were tossed into a mass grave at the cemetery, according to history rounded up by the Daily Mail.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 17, 2013 8:50 PM CDT
Unions have a place. You can't possibly run anything large without them. It cannot be done. Like the local Tony Soprano character at our local UPS shoppe says, "Heys, we aints gots no times for one-at-a-timing-it at this shoppe, soes you joins the union or else youse work 3 hours a day." Hey, I get it, 1500 workers can't possibly work out individual pay and benefit plans. But, I did have a gig that paid a nice check when I guarded a construction site. I had my .357 sidearm but the boss brought me his own Remington 370 to carry. He loaded it with initial round of bird shot. That was to fire a warning. The rest of the shells were 00 buck. I was guarding the new headquarters for Oneok, the local up and mid stream gas producer. The union threatened to burn the construction site due to a dispute. We posted the guards until the building was completed.
OrneryPup
Oct 17, 2013 3:31 AM CDT
Far too many are falling for the anti-union propaganda these days as corporate continues to seek slave labor wages. LONG LIVE THE UNIONS !
OrneryPup
Oct 17, 2013 3:27 AM CDT
The unions are the voice of the little guy as corporate tries to use slave labor pay.