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Union Strength / Airlines #287289

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Miami, Florida) Employment situation at Eastern Airlines when Bernice Dolan 1st began working there as flight attendant recalled; Eddie Rickenbacker noted president of Eastern at the time. Historical photos shown. [DOLAN - feels union has helped flight attendants.] Opposition to Eastern's call for further pay cuts, threat of bankruptcy and increasing problem faced by unions over job insecurity created by business community's economy maneuvers examined. [Food and Commercial Workers Union spokesperson William WYNN - recalls Wilson Foods Corp.'s bankruptcy as example] Inability of rubber workers union to organization demonstration in Akron, Ohio, due to lack of members noted. [Rubber Workers union spokesperson Milan STONE - notes high tech has eliminated jobs while increasing tire product] AFL-CIO's loss of members during recession mentioned; wage patterns from January-June 1983 outlined on screen, discussed. [ILGWU spokesperson Sol CHAIKIN - feels union is weaker due to weaker national economy] Airlines' claim that flight attendants have priced themselves out of job implied supported by applicants for PEOPLExpress positions; details given.
REPORTER: Steve Kroft

Kroft, Steve;
Rather, Dan

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