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Coal Ind. / Strike End Delay / Supply Shortage #256707

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 07, 1978
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(Studio) UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) officials' delay in action on proposed contract noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details of union council meeting, decision to wait on vote till final language seen, and UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) president Arnold Miller's comments on these developments reported
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Kanawha Cnty., West Virginia) Process for ratifying contract noted. Opinions of members of locally 6243 on tentative contract outlined. [Miner Curtis HARVEY - says contract can't be ratified if it provides for fining miners for wildcat strikes.] [Homer GROUNDS - thinks this would cause more disturbance in mines.] [Carl HARRISON - would like to see it settled, but it's no use going back to work and having trouble re: contract.] Hurriedly approved, much disputed 1974 contract recalled. [HARRISON - says they're just now beginning to get into game.]

(Studio) Effect of delay on Midwest power companies, especially in Ohio, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Columbus, Ohio) Report on situation in Ohio due to power companies' shortage of coal. Earlier, unsuccessful request by Columbus and Southern Electric for customers to cut back cited. [Columbus Electric Vice President R. E.. SISINGER - thinks failure is due to people forgetting to cut back. Next step to be 50% volunteer cutback, then 50% mandatory cutback.] Public reaction described. [Ohio Mfrs.' Association spokesperson William COSTELLO - notes power shortages in state for last 5 years] Mfrs.' plans to try to keep from closing cited. [Crane Plastics Company president Jameson CRANE - says situation where all will go on unemployment is just 3 weeks away.]
REPORTER: Don Webster

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed;
Serafin, Barry;
Webster, Don

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