re: #214 gymmom
What I saw in the newspapers (western PA) in the early 80s about the WV coalfields that still sticks in my minds were the UMW extremists who were sniping at coal trucks with deer rifles. This was also the same time that there were some nasty picket operations between the USW and a steel company in Weirton.
I presume, since I did not study the issue deeply, that both situations were quite complex in scope. And that the back-biting and bad blood was to the point that neither side was going to really negotiate in good faith and were instead going to play the game to the media and public opinion.
This was about the same time I was having my poor experience dealing with union employees while working part-time in an oil product packaging terminal. Probably the low point in my opinion about unions.