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Coal Miners' Strike / Black Lung #444401

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 26, 1969
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(-S) Striking West Virginia coal miners campaign for compensation law for miners stricken with black lung disease.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Charleston, West Virginia) Miner plays dead in exhibit at capitol to get compensation for black lung. Wildcat strikes spring up. Governor Arch Moore told miners he sympathized, but couldn't do much more to help for fear of legislature hostility. 6 black lung bills sent to legislature 1 bill expected to go through. 6,000 miners hold rally. Miners say UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) dragging feet like coal mine owners. [Dr. I.E. BUFF - blames legislature for failure to act.] [Representative Kenneth HECHLER - says miners have right to strike when conditions become intolerable. Pledges support.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

Briggs, Fred;
Brinkley, David

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