CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 03, 1981
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(Studio) Air traffic controllers' strike reported beginning today; historical significance of event noted. Possible economy impact on United States mentioned; President Reagan's warning to strikers reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) [REAGAN - warns controllers of their violation of law and possible job termination.] Inflexibility of government's position discussed. [Professional Air Traffic Controllers Org. president Robert POLI - doesn't consider President properly informed; won't order members back to work.] [AFL-CIO president Lane KIRKLAND - thinks Reagan's moves are overreaction.] [CONTROLLER - explains his reason for not honoring strike.] Motive for President's response considered.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(NYC) Strike's impact on passengers examined; films shown. [Passenger John FANELLI - notes chaos.] [PEOPLE - consider semantics used by airlines.] FAA's assessment of strike's extent noted. [Striker Steve BERNSTEIN - doesn't consider flying safe now.] Near-collision over New Jersey reported but said not strike- related; details given. [Federal Aviation Administration administration Lynn HELMS - claims safety is priority.] Strike's impact at various airports mentioned. [Union official Bob ZEMAN - feels betrayed by Reagan.] Situation's effect on Amtrak, rental car agencies and bus lines noted; intl. impact of strike noted extending to London's Heathrow Airport. Royal wedding mentioned.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg
(DC) Govt.'s efforts to take legal action against Poli, PATCO and union members examined; films shown. Events leading to strike outlined.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker, Artist: Don Juhlin