ABC Evening News for Monday, May 17, 1971
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(Studio) railroad signalmen on strike.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Chicago, Illinois) First day of strike to cost railroads $1 1/4 million in Chicago area; auto, steel industries affected by strike; signalmen reject 42% wage increase over 3 1/2 years [Signalman David FLORES - says do work comparable to electricians; don't make nearly as much.]
REPORTER: Kenneth Gale
(NYC) Commuters unable to take Long Island trains to downtown subways; film shows heavy traffic on expressways.
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan
(Studio) President Nixon asks Congress for emergency legislature to end strike.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Senate commerce committee to hold hearing on strike tomorrow. [Labor Secretary HODGSON - calls it incredible so many affected by strike of small signalmen union.] [RR signalmen President Charles J. CHAMBERLAIN - says after 20 months of negotiating, knew no other way to bring situation to head]
REPORTER: Bill Downs