CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 09, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's call for miners to return to work noted. Other developments in strike-related areas, include Labor Department report on unemployment due to coal shortage and Bethlehem Steel's decision to bank fires at major plants next week, stated. Movement to resume negotiations mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) [CARTER - says law must be enforced and is committed to this action being adequate to assure supplies of coal and bring bargaining parties back to negotiating table. Has no plans to ask Congress for authority to seize mines. Believes if moderate number of miners return to work, crisis can be prevented.] Plans for protection of People and for coal movement noted.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley
(DC) Details of government's court case, presented to Judge Aubrey Robinson by Attorney General Bell, given. Court proceedings outlined, include statements of UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) attorney Harrison Combs. Resumption of negotiations, according to Combs, noted. Details of Robinson's ruling cited.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin Artist: Howard Brodie
(Studio) President Carter's mention of cut in coal product due to strike noted. Problem of getting coal moving again reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Kanawha Cnty, West Virginia) Film of miner Garry White, made last Sunday, shown. [WHITE - will return to work if Carter orders it.] White's change of attitude, from concern with regard to reprisals if he returns, noted. Case of miner Debbie Raisovich cited. [RAISOVICH - cites fears for personal safety from miners if she goes back to work.] Other miners' reaction to Taft-Hartley and concerns about returning to mines described. [Garnett PRITT - cites feelings about situation.] [Former miner Clarence LANHAM - asks why Carter has power to force miners back and not to force operators to meet miners' demands.] [PRITT - thinks coal and steel companies have Carter scared.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel
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