NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 24, 1969
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(Studio) Bldg, and Trades Union has trouble with government and blacks who want jobs,
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Seattle, WA) Workers and students who want more black jobs return to University WA building project. University Pres, shut down University building Group asks airport to shut down or give more jobs to blacks, 150 march on runways, disregarding firetrucks. Airport governing bd, asks contractors to close 9 projects worth $50 million. Some planes delayed.
REPORTER: Bob Fall KING-TV
(Chicago, Illinois) Labor group meets in Loop Hotel. [Assistant Secretary of Labor Arthur FLETCHER - says won't be party to violating laws of city,] Hotel rules claim room too full, Crowd protests. [MAN - says we can move to union hall.] [FLETCHER - says mtg, to be postponed until larger room found,] I member suggested Soldier Field, where 90,000 construction workers could come.
REPORTER: Floyd Kalber
(Atlantic City, New Jersey) Building Trades Union members convention agree to get more blacks in union, but reject "Philadelphia Plan" or quota system for black hiring on federal funded projects. [Operating Engineers James GARY - says biggest obstacle is fear of labor market being flooded. Basically it's not because of discrimination.] [AFL-CIO President Ceo. MEANY - says turning out 1/2 trained mechanics would be fraud and deceit to industry and trainees. Handing out journeymen's cards is no answer to minority problem.]
REPORTER: Charles Quinn