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Carter / News Conference / Coal Talks / Strike and Effects #256431

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 17, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's declaration of Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire as weather disaster areas and his visits to them in behalf of Democratic Congress candidates noted. President's press conference cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Cranston, Rhode Island) President Carter's activities in Providence, Rhode Island, and news conf. in Washington, DC and attempts to keep from invoking Taft-Hartley Act noted. [CARTER - has detected progress in coal talks, but final agreement not yet reached. Notes Secretary of Labor has made urgency of need for settlement clear to him.] Carter's pitch for passage of tax reform program detailed. [CARTER - talks about proposals for restrictions on business meals.] President's attendance at fund-raiser for Senator Claiborne Pell mentioned; he then leaves for Maine and fund-raiser for Senator William D. Hathaway. Reception for New Hampshire Senator Thomas J. McIntyre on Saturday noted.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

(Studio) Report on possible break in coal negotiations during midnight meeting with Secretary Marshall, as reported by Barry Serafin; issues discussed reported to be wildcat strike rights and cost of living wage provision. 1st layoffs due to strike come in Kokomo, IN, auto industry plants.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kokomo, IN) Layoffs at Chrysler plant in Kokomo reported; company says 2/3 due to electricity cuts required by IN government and 1/3 due to slow car sales. [Auto worker Jerry WARREN - thinks President Carter has done nothing about coal strike.] Possible layoffs at Delco radio division of GM, in Kokomo, and conditions at General Motors Corporation tail light plant in Anderson, IN, reported [Personnel director Tom BEATY - cites auto industry concerns over effects of layoffs on industry Possible upcoming effects of coal strike in other inds. cited. IN Governor Otis Bowen's statement with regard to prospects for state quoted.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser

Bowser, Betty Ann;
Bradley, Ed;
Cronkite, Walter

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