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Construction Ind. / Discrimination / Pennsylvania #205875

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 09, 1969
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(Studio) Negroes make construction industry latest target in drive for more jobs.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) [Nate SMITH - says being in craft union for black equals Ph.D. for white man.] Slogan is: "If we don't work, nobody does." Civil Rights workers fight for fair share of jobs, [WHITE - says they've right to work like rest of us.] [2nd WHITE - says blacks should be trained like us and not start at top.] [SMITH - describes union discrimination.] [Carpenters Union Bus. Agent Robert ARGENTINE - says we've taken journeymen if qualified.] [Labor Council President Gilbert TEITEL - says some unions still won't take blacks. They say they're not qualified.] Only 2 1/2% of craft union jobs held by blacks in 20% black city. Unions bring in workers from out-of-state. Non-white unemployment in city highest in US. [Master Bleaders Association Pat NAVARRO - says blacks don't do well on tests.] [Human Relations Committee David WASHINGTON - says black mbrship. kept down. Racism prevails. Training program "Dig" got 67 blacks into union last year. Contractors refuse to continue "Dig."] Accuse Smith of unorthodox administration and financial waste. [NAVARRO - says "Dig" costly and just for blacks,] [SMITH - says "Dig" costs $8,000 per man. Blacks know blacks and how to handle them.] Contractors offer to train blacks with less money. Unions could still reject graduates.
REPORTER: John Laurence

Cronkite, Walter;
Laurence, John

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