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Coal Strike / Carter Effects #256375

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 14, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's move to get coal strike negotiations going again reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Carter's call for renewed negotiations, at White House, and indications that he'll invoke Taft-Hartley Act if strike not soon ended stated; President's orders to Labor Secretary Marshall noted. [CARTER - supports collective bargaining, but welfare of country is overriding concern. Says White House negotiations will be final opportunity for bargaining process to work, after which he'll use stronger measures.] Lack of response from coal operators and UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) president Miller's acceptance of Carter invitation cited. Marshall's mtgs. with representatives of both sides noted. [MARSHALL - knows there's real possibility that miners wouldn't return to work even under Taft-Hartley and that this isn't real solution to problem.] Announcement of spokesperson for American Association of Railroads with regard to additional shipments of coal from west towards eastern noted, include Burlington Northern shipments to IN and Saint Louis and shipments by Union Pacific company and Santa Fe line.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Econ. threats from strike include closure of Ohio auto. manufacturing plants, steel plant cutbacks and Ohio Edison's possible cut to customers by next week Reporter Serafin's mention of possible use of federal troops to protect coal shipments noted; IN's use of own troops to protect its supply reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Evansville, IN) Report on IN's calling for National Guardsmen to protect coal shipments to power companies in emergency situation. [Governor's energy adviser William WATT - says state police and Guard will be prepared to protect selves and shipments.] State orders with regard to power curtailments now in progress listed. Effect of strike on Whirlpool plant in Evansville noted.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser

Bowser, Betty Ann;
Cronkite, Walter;
Serafin, Barry

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