NATIONAL L RECOV ERY' ADM~N ISTRATION
PROPOSED CODE OF FAIR COMPETITION
BLUE GEM COAL INDUSTRY
The Code for the Blue Gem Coal Industry
in its present form merely reflects the proposal of the above-mentioned
industry, and none of the provisions contained therein are
to be regarded as having receirled the approval of
the National Recovery administrationn
as applying to this industry
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WABRIINGTON : 1933
For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C. - Price 5 cents
Registry No. 702--8--21
AS SUBMIITTED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1933
WE DO OUR PART
NETRSDABLE COAL CO4PANY, BURK HOLLOWF COAL COMPANY, CUM-
BERLAND BEND COAL COMIPANY, MOUNTAIN ASH BLUE GEM COAL
COMPANY, BOWVLIN BLUE: GEMd COAL COMPANY, .S. A. WVENDER,
O. O. VEIRMILLION, ANDII ]ESTER CROWVLEY.
TO HONORABLE HUGH JOHNSON, NATIONAL RECOVERY
ACT ADMINISTRATOR, WASHINGTON, D.C.
WChereas the undersignedl represents the great majority of coal
operators in Campbell County, Tennessee, and Whitley Count.y, Ken-
tucky, dloingr a peCulliar kind o~f coal minling co~mmonly knlown~ as
t~he Blue Geml Coal Indu~st~ry ", which is so designated because the~
coal mined by suchi op"rators is a small coal k110now as Blule Ge~m
Coal ", wh~tich averages aboute twen~tyItl-tw~c: (SS) inches in thic~kness;;
WVher~ea.s said Blue Gem Operators do, notj operate any large coma-
mercial comnpanies but small operations wForkin"g coal strictly b
hand and without cutting or other machines, mostly by the hand
and-pick method; and, wh-er~eas, the emplo~lyees of said operators
are mostly nativ.es of the conununit.y wherein they aire working,
own their homes, farml part timie, and do othler odd Jobs; and
Whereas said operators each emp~loys from 15 to 30 m~en; and
Whereas saidl onpratorsi haveP been playing their employees 504iE
to 60C per t.on for dliggcing and loadlingr run-a-mine coal, and have
been paying day laborers from $1.25 to $1.50 per day; and
Whereas to close said mines an~d stop said operations wcpould force
said employees out of any kind of commercial workr as other com-
merc~ial work is not available, And as th~ey own their homes and farm
and do similar work part time they could not leav.e their homes and
property for other fields; and
Whereas said opera\.tc-,rs have and now do express a desire to
cooperate in evecry way possible with t~he National Recovery Act
movement andl program; now,
Therefore, consider~inga the foregoing plremnises and reasons, the
undersiganed operators of said blu~e-gaem coal do hereby agree between
themselves and propose to pay their employees the sum of $0.80 per
ton for digging andi loading run-a-mnine Blue Gem Coal and $1.(20
per ton for miining screened coal over a 1 1,*.-inch screen, and pa y
$9.00 per day for day labor; and furt~her agree between ourselvesJ
and propose to work said employees not more than eight hours per
day and not more than forty hours per week.
We have further agreed to and do hereby submit this as our
National Recovery Act Code to the proper department of the United
STtates Government, honestly believe that any higher wage scale
than the above will force us completely out of business, and we
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confirmii thle for~egoing agreement and permit the adoption of ame
as our official National Recovery Act Code.
Witness our handcs, this 7th day of August 193:3.
S. A. H'ENDER, JC///ICO, Teri.)l8888.
N~EllSDALE COAL COMIPANY, NeZ'idale, Kentucky,
By JOHN Gorms, Author~ized Agent.
BU~RK HOLLO' CIOAL COMLPANY, JC2I'CO, TcH.H88dd,
By' S. F. BROUGHTON, Aullthorized: Agenzt.
CU~MBERLAND BEN~ID COAL COMPANY, Gatfliff, Kelbtuckiy.
By R. B. HILL? rluthlr~iz-ed lgen~t.
C'. C`. YERMZILLION, Jellz'CO, TERe8888s~e.
ATOUNTAIN ASH .BLUE GEnI Come CourawrP,
Mtr. Ash, Kerntucky,
By BEN CROLEY. AUthjori'zed Agent.
ESTER CROW'LEY, Kevlisd~ale, K'entucky.
BowuIN BLUE rrEM COAL COMPANY, Je~llCO, Te87VIs8880,
By PETER BOWLIN, s2Ahld/OP281c Bg6134. :l