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Coal Strike Developments #257227

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 07, 1978
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(Studio) Preparations by Virginia governor and other coal state govs. to enforce Taft-Hartley Act and by food stamp officials to cut off service to any miners defying order noted. UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) receipt of aid from another union reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) donation of $2 million to UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) to help families of striking miners explained. [UAW president Doug. FRASER - cites probable auto workers' reactions to being laid off due to coal strike. Acknowledges that soon auto industry will be hurt if strike not settled or more coal not found.] White House meeting for Congmen. noted. [Representative John BRADEMAS - says no one is discussing seizure legislature because it's expected that miners will obey law.] BCOA ad containing letter to public, Congress and President described. Appearance of all ptys. before Taft-Hartley fact-finding board at Fed. Mediation headquarters on Wednesday mentioned.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Briefing sessions for miners in field with regard to what back-to-work order means, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Dilles Bottom, Ohio) Report on briefing in Dilles Bottom, Ohio, given to local presidents by UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) attys. [Local Vice President Don JONES - says miners had just gotten to point of having leverage when government intervened on what appears to be companies' behalf.] [Union district organization John PROUT - thinks small percentage will return to work and that there'll be retaliation from those refusing to return.] Governor John Rhodes' call for further energy conservation noted.
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Studio) Power cuts ordered in Maryland noted. Report on mine near Somerset, Colorado, where strike now matter of history.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Somerset, Colorado) Is noted that Bear Coal Company, Incorporated has signed independent contract with UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) miners at underground mine in Rockies. [Miner Walter BUCHANAN - thought it was good contract.] Mine supplies coal to power companies in Colorado, NV, and MT. Company president Bill Bear's belief that action here will spread across to Appalachia noted. [BEAR - hopes this will bring about ratification of contract in other mining ares.] Lack of conflict at Bear Company mine as opposed to that at many larger mines cited.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Goldberg, Bernard;
Serafin, Barry;
Webster, Don

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