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Air Traffic Controllers' Strike #278880

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Aug 15, 1981
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(Studio) 48-hr. boycott of United States planes by Portuguese air traffic controllers' reported not affecting international travel; Federal Aviation Administration assessment of situation outlined.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(NYC) Rally at Kennedy International Airport by striking United States controllers featured; films shown. [STRIKER - satirizes strike.] [PATCO members Mike MOOERS, Tony MAIMONE - express opposite reactions to financial aspect of strike.] [Service Employees' Union representative Frank RUSSO - claims government is practicing union-busting.] Question of organized labor's actual support of strike considered.
REPORTER: Karen Stone

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Dallas, Texas) Strike's impact on airline industry examined; Eastern's layoffs noted illustrating employees' predicament. [Air Transport Div. Trans. Workers president Patricia FINK - comments on number of flight attendants losing their jobs.] Layoffs by individual airlines since strike began listed on screen, discussed. [Flight attendant Lynn HARRINGTON - resents strike.] Measures taken by Republic, Eastern and Air New England to economize detailed. [Laid-off pilot Dan DAWSON - notes his unemployment.] Airline unions reported wanting meeting with Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan regarding strike. [FINK - wants President Reagan to negotiate with PATCO.] [Flight attendant Peggy SWAFFORD - supports President] No. of United States airline employees scheduled to lose jobs mentioned.
REPORTER: Steve Kroft

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) Safety issue raised by the strike examined; Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport cited as example Related statistics outlined. [Controller Joe SCHRODT - notes current workload.] Emergency measures imposed by Federal Aviation Administration on flights explained. [Control center spokesperson Michael CIANCANELLI - describes system.] FAA's defense of flow-control method mentioned. [Controller Peter MOLSEN - comments.] [Local PATCO president Tom COLLOPY - believes safety has been played down.] [SCHRODT - notes tension.] Role of military controllers discussed. [COLLOPY - claims near-miss occurred; elaborates.] [PASSENGERS - comment on safety issue.]
REPORTER: Derrick Blakely

Blakely, Derrick;
Kroft, Steve;
Schieffer, Bob;
Stone, Karen

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