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Wage-Price Freeze / Reactions #16717

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 18, 1971
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(Studio) Longshoremen's union president Harry Bridges refuses to call off West Coast dock strike.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(San Francisco, California) [BRIDGES - reads letter to President Nixon expressing opposition to new economic policy, stating strike will continue; says longshoremen will return to work only after they vote to do so.]
REPORTER: Bill Wordham

(Studio) California teamsters, New York telephone workers refuse to call off strikes.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Boston, Massachusetts) [UAW President Leonard WOODCOCK - says for wage raises to be nullified by federal government means will consider entire contract void; legal department investigating possibility of suits because doesn't understand legal basis for government action.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Admin. experts decide schoolteachers, policemen and firemen salaries frozen.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Cost of Living Council determining details of wage-price freeze. [State and local employees union president Jerry WURF - says, if decision concerning salary raises unfavorable, prepared to do more than lie down and be unhappy.] Whether federal government has right to freeze local government employees' salaries may be decided by court
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Pentagon says GIs will continue to receive pay raises; Justice Department disagrees.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [Assistant Attorney General Louis Patrick GRAY III - believes armed forces will not receive pay increases; thinks consumers will be refunded if complain of price increases during freeze; says ready to prosecute freeze violators.]

Baker, Don;
Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.;
Wordham, Bill

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