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Coal Strike Developments #257207

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 06, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's request for Taft-Hartley to be invoked against coal miners, after they rejected contract, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [CARTER - is taking action so nation won't be victim of total breakdown in collective bargaining process.] White House reaction to contract rejection described. [CARTER - says 1978 contract's wage provisions are fair and he will oppose any more inflationary settlement.] Miners' past refusal to obey Taft-Hartley recalled. [CARTER - says law will be enforced.] Admin. officials' statements concerning possible action to be taken if law not obeyed by miners cited. Board of inquiry must investigate and report on situation to President before Taft-Hartley can be put into effect; members are Carl Warns, Eva Robins and John North Gentry.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

(Studio) Miners' refusal to obey Taft-Hartley in 1950 when Harry Truman used law noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Dilles Bottom, Ohio) Report on reaction of miners in Ohio to Carter action. Miners shown watching press conference [CARTER - states opposition to higher pay for miners than in offered contract.] [Union district organizer John PROUT - doesn't think they'll go back to work.] [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) locally president Joe HOSKINS - doesn't think National Guard or Army reserves could operate mines.] Miners' preference for government seizure of mines detailed. [Vince LUCIDO - cites reasons he favors seizure.]
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Studio) Pentagon statement that troops wouldn't be used to mine coal reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Defense Department report that troops would be used to keep mines open and for protection of miners returning to work under Taft-Hartley detailed. Army chief of staff General Bernard Rogers' recent review of Pentagon plans in such situation and report that unit likely to be called would be 101st Airborne, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, noted.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Further upcoming reports and special broadcast on strike situation outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Bradley, Ed;
Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike;
Webster, Don

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