Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 6, 1976 · Page 52
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 52

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 6, 1976
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10D -June 6. [976' Sunday Gazette-Mail Ctiar!es f on, 'Aesl Virginia Fraziers Bottom Group Plans Ice Cream Social FRAZIERSBOTTOM-Therewillbean United Methodist Church grounds, spon- old fashioned pie and ice cream social at sored by the Fraziers Bottom Bicentennial 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fraziers Bottom Committee. STIP! National Geographic Society Photo Via A P wireprioto Collision Two men run for cover (left) as a rescue plane crashes into a truck as the plane was bringing aid to victims of the Guatemalan earthquake earlier this year. The crash occurred because of severe crosswinds as the aircrafts attempted to land on a mountain highway near Sanarate. northeast of Guatemala City. UMW Challenger Recalls Past Battles Davis By Harry L. Balsdon lluntinfton Herald-Diipatch EAST LYNN, W. Va. (AP) - Dewey Davis is a 5crapperr he's been one all his life and he's not giving up now. A retired coal miner who was in the thick of some of the union's hottest battles. Davis has no time to take it easy. He's been too busy. Now, at an age when most folks are rockin' away their days, he's after Arnold Miller's job as president ,' of the United Mine Workers of A m e r i c a . He's waging his campaign on the same issue that Miller used to ride to victory in 1972: "Turning the union back over to the people it belongs tothe rank and file miners." D a v i s says, i f he's elected, "every staff job will be held by men from the face of the coal or by sons and daughters of coal miners." He admits he's an underdog, but says he's used to hard fights, especially back in the '40s when the UMW was organizing bloody Logan County. * * * "WE HAD to meet on the creek banks," said Davis, who now resides in this Wayne County community. "The companies wouldn't let us meet on their property and the law was patrolling the highways with rifles and shotguns. About the only place left was creek banks." Davis was a local union president in Logan County during World War II when the coal miners went on strike to get a welfare and retirement fund. U.S. Navy personnel were sent into the coalfields to enforce a back-to-work order. "While the sailor boys were sleeping at night." he recalled, "we were out knocking on doors telling the men to stay home." And in the late 1940s, Davis was active in the move to get better hospitals for the miners in Logan County. "John L. Lewis told us in Washington. 'Boys, you're not going to get just one hospital. There's going to be 10 all over the coalfields and you won't pay a penny for them.'" The hospitals became a reality. They now are the Appalachian Regional Hospital chain in Kentucky. West Virginia and Virginia. Davis has become a fixture at the various meetings held in opposition to the Miller administration. He usually can be seen wielding a gavel he says was given him by none other than John L. Lewis himself back in 1936. * * * THE MASSIVE hands that once shoveled coal for $1 per carload are constantly moving, fingers jabbing at the air. fists clenching and unclenching. The open palms wave at unseen opponents. Davis claims heavy support among retired and disabled miners and former miners' widows. "This union has been kicking out the old retired and disabled miners." he said. "If I'm elected. I'll reinstate those boys that worked all their lives in the mines." Another of Davis' campaign planks is one Miller used when he ran nearly five years ago. He promises he'll move the UMW headquarters into the coalfields, particularly those in Southern West Virginia. "But I'm not going to touch the decision of where to put it," he added, "That will be for the rank and file to decide." Davis was a local union president at Amherst Coal Co. at Accoville for 11 years. He says he handled 178 discharge cases and had 178 men reinstated, Such a background, he maintains, will help him get a better contract with the coal operators. "My contract will ha^e a 'willing and able 1 clause," he said. "The best contract this union ever signeri had thai. It means a man must be both willing and able to work before he can be forced to ." · * * MORE THAN anything else, however, Davis is opposed to the Miller leadership of the UMW. He labeled current administrative policies as "dictatorial'-' and charged that Miller has cut ofilhe rank and file from using the UMW Journal, the union's monthly newspaper. Davis has begun his first step in his bid to unseat Miller. "Miller has it set up now so it's going to be tough to beat him when the election rolls around," he said. "The election is six days after the contract expires." 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