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Pants Boycott #224717

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 09, 1972
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(Studio) Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union urges consumer boycott against products of Farah Mfg. Company, which produces pants. Senators Gaylord Nelson, Philip Hart, and Walter Mondale back boycott.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(El Paso, Texas) Workers from Juarez, Mexico, work at Farah plant in El Paso, Texas. Unionization, thus, is difficult. Farah pays $1.70 an hour, 3 times what workers make in Mexico. Company has comprehensive medical care program (incl. free eyeglasses). [Company President Willie FARAH - says workers have job security. Says strike organizers are professionals from outside with monetary and political interests.] Company pays 1/2 cost workers' meals. [Workers commend working conditions, wages.] [Strikers complain about lack of raises. Say other workers are scared to walk out.] Catholic Church supports strike. (NYC) National boycott effort by Amalgamated Clothing Workers may be effective. Major department stores picketed for carrying Farah line. [Senator NELSON - says workers have been taken advantage of.] United Farm Workers Union President Cesar CHAVEZ - rallies support for boycott.]
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Reporter(s):
Drinkwater, Terry;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:05:20

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