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Coal Strike #257029

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 23, 1978
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(Studio) Strife said marking ranks of coal miners as contract approval vote nears. Union mbrs.' efforts to close nonunion mines and union mbrs.' chgs. that UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) works with employers to lessen benefits for workers reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Hells Creek, West Virginia) [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) Local 5958 Manuel OJEDA - blames Arnold Miller and Bituminous Coal Operators' Association for poor contract.] [President UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) local 5922 Bill BELCHER - urges group to join in effort to stop nonunion mine right now.] Goff Brothers nonunion mine at Hell's Creek, West Virginia, reported attacked by union members Film shown. Rock throwing and hurling insults by union members reported, but mine operation said continuing. Firing of shots reported Source of shots in question. Striking of CBS News crew car by one shot reported, filmed. State police arrest of 5 company security guards reported; warrant said filed by union miner.

(DC) Arnold Miller stance in denial that new contract cuts back medical benefits to miners and that he withholds relief funds as pressure tactic denied. Miller quoted. [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) President MILLER - says rejection of this contract will cause trouble. Says union could break apart.] Miller prediction of contract ratification reported.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Circulation of alleged secret agreement between UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) and BCOA to weaken health benefits reported UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) said calling document phony. Absence of back-to-work order for miners at present and Carter administration's not intending to invoke Taft-Hartley again, even if contract rejected, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed;
Serafin, Barry

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