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Firemen Strike / Indiana #205349

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 06, 1969
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(Studio) City firemen on strike in Gary.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Gary, IN) Broadway Lumber Company burned down. Strikers charged with preventing help offered by E. Chicago and Hammond firemen. E. Chicago firemen refused to cross picket line. Gary Chief Alfonso Holliday says thought fire the work of arsonist. [HOLLIDAY - says men blocked help from coming in. No respect for men; they disgraced me.] [Mayor Richard HATCHER - says deplorable for public officials to conduct selves in manner. They took illegal action.] Special judge orders arrest of 4 union leaders Firemen demand annual increases of $2,000. City Council offers $600. They denied disrupting firefighting. [Firemen's spokesperson Monroe SMITH - says firemen play vital point in city's salvation and need pay accordingly. Takes pride in job; doesn't condone action.] [HATCHER - says black, brown, and white working together to achieve common goal.] Hatcher appeals to men to return to work by 4 p.m. They'll stay out of firehses. until council talks to them.
REPORTER: Murray Fromson

Cronkite, Walter;
Fromson, Murray

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