faceman

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faceman

[′fās·mən]
(mining engineering)
A coal miner who performs the duties involved in drilling underground openings into which explosives are charged and set off, to extract coal, slate, and rock. Also known as coal digger; coal getter.
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The agreement replaced a myriad of locally determined piece-rate wage bargains with a uniform national wage for faceworkers. One of Joel Krieger's major arguments is that this was ultimately disastrous because it ignored regional distinctions that had built up over centuries, and these led to regionally distinct responses, which undermined the initiative and eventually led to the national strikes of 1972 and 1974 by enhancing the solidarity of the mineworkers.