ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 06, 1976
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(Studio) As coal miners strike in 7 states enters 4th week, some indicate wanting to go back to work, but threats of violence to keep them away exist.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Charleston, West Virginia) Econ. problems increase for coal industry as well as workers. Some workers say they would return but are afraid to do so. [Unidentified MINER - says all he has talked to are willing to go back but can't if people will be shooting at them.] [2nd unidentified MINER - says 90% would go back, but are afraid because of threats of violence to them and families.] UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) President Arnold Miller says original issue has been settled and continued strike efforts are politically motivated against his admin. [MILLER - says some officials of union have become involved and when he gets facts, he will act.] UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) Vice President Mike Trbovich denies Miller's statement; says strike being led by elements bent on shutting down economy Econ. damage hitting hardest at rank and file miners but subsidiary inds. also affected. It's feared UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) may go bankrupt if solution not found soon.
REPORTER: Jim Kincaid
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