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Labor Unions / Meany Reelection / Nebraska Meat Cutters Strike #249849

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 1977
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(Studio) Reelection of George Meany as AFL-CIO president reported Drop in union mbrship. since last convention cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Dakota City, Nebraska) Details of labor dispute involving Iowa Beef processors (IBP) and Amalgamated Meat Cutters union, at Dakota City, Nebraska, plant, given. Company has decided to reopen plant, trying to go nonunion. TV ad shown. [IBP president Robert PETERSON - says all will suffer if company not able to run business, and company isn't willing to accept this kind of negotiations.] Reasons for IBP's expecting success in venture noted, incl. closure of Zenith television assembly plant in area. Union pickets' demonstrations at plant described. [Meat Cutters union spokesperson Lewie ANDERSON - thinks if one of nation's largest companies can bust union, it will be signal for beginning of wave of union busting in US, and from there sees backslide for union workers.] [PETERSON - says company's motives in Dakota City aren't to remove local or international union from facility there.]
REPORTER: Don Webster

Cronkite, Walter;
Webster, Don

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