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Rock 15. Strike #265904

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 28, 1979
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(Studio) Bankruptcy and strike on Rock Island railroad reported; extent of area affected by strike noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Chicago, Illinois) Impact of strike on farmers due to amount carried by RR examined; map of Rock Island routes shown. [Rock Island railroad spokesperson John MITROS - says most of crops will just sit there.] Farmers noted counting on record foreign sales this year, especially to USSR , due to near-record grain crop; attempts by railroad to get all perishable items shipped cited. Rock Island recalled filing bankruptcy in 1975; reorganization, under court supervision, since mentioned. Contract with Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks noted expiring in January, 1978; issue at stake in present strike said question of retroactive pay raise. [Union official Robert FAIR - says they've worked for 2 yrs without contract.] railroad response outlined; contract negotiations reported not yet scheduled.
REPORTER: Don Webster

Mudd, Roger;
Webster, Don

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