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Air Traffic Controllers' Strike #279250

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 06, 1981
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(Studio) Air traffic controllers' continue strike reported resulting in terminations.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Legal action against PATCO president Robert Poli and arrest of local president Steven Wallaert noted. [WALLAERT - thinks administration is playing Russian roulette.] [POLI - notes union's commitment.] Details of continue strike and government's termination efforts examined. [Trans. Secretary Drew LEWIS - considers system being rebuilt.] Efforts to round up enough air traffic controllers outlined; FAA's assessment of travel conditions noted. President and Mrs. Reagan shown leaving for California vacation.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

(Studio) Differing assessments of safety factor cited.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Safety element during strike examined. [Eastern copilot George LEWIS - praises nonstriking controllers.] [Captain Andy BOWLES - cites possible dangers from fatigue.] Situation in northe. United States outlined.
REPORTER: Jerry Landay

(Atlanta, Georgia) [Nonstriking controller Evan BLACK - discusses strike's impact on working controllers.] [PATCO local president John DeVANE - thinks system is in chaos.] [Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Jack BARKER - denies unsafe environmental] [Controller instructor John HARKINS - notes inability to depend on training center for necessary staff.]
REPORTER: John Sheahan

(Studio) PATCO's efforts to get AFL-CIO to honor picket line and AFL-CIO president Lane Kirkland's response reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Elgin, Illinois) Impact of strike on controllers Roger Martinez and Bill Christensen examined. [MARTINEZ - explains honoring picket line.] [CHRISTENSEN - outlines his reasons for not striking; notes striking controllers' reaction to him.]

Faw, Bob;
Landay, Jerry;
Rather, Dan;
Sheahan, John;
Tucker, Lem

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