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New York City, Pennsylvania Financial Troubles #240887

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 01, 1975
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(Studio) New York City and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania both hit hard by effects of not having enough money. In Pennsylvania situation caused statewide strike. In New York City result was citywide layoffs.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(New York, New York) Fiscal year begins. 30,000 tons uncollected garbage piles up on city streets. 19,000 city workers laid off. 3000 layoffs among sanitation workers causes illegal strike. 2000 firemen dismissed; 5000 policemen. Joe Dempsey recently won policeman-of-mo. award. Now laid off. [DEMPSEY - says real effect seen in 2 weeks] Police demonstrate at city hall. [POLICE - chant "We want mayor."] Mayor Beame in Albany, talking of new taxing power for city. [POLICEMAN - calls for organization.] Police stop traffic on Brooklyn Bridge. As many as 67,000 municipal workers may lose jobs in NYC. Ken McFeeley, head of Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, has hard time controlling men. [McFEELEY - implies he might lead a policeman's strike.] Ever-tightening bind noted.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 90,000 Pennsylvania state employees strike; 3/4 of work force. Employment offices, welfare, food stamp and social service offices closed. Prison guards join strike. Nurses and other state hosp. employees picket. Governor Milton Shapp offering 3% pay raise; unions want 10% hike to match cost of living increase [WORKER - explains why on strike.] State judge issues injunction ordering prison guards and hospital employees back to work. Much of Pennsylvania state shut down.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

Reporter(s):
Kilpatrick, Jim;
Mudd, Roger;
Shepard, Gary
Duration:
00:03:30

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