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United Steelworkers / Abel Retirement / New Presidential Race #45244

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 13, 1976
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(Studio) United Steelworkers president, I.W. Abel, will retire at end of present term. Abel and executive committee have chosen Lloyd McBride as successor, but today challenger announces candidacy.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Chicago, Illinois) Ed Sadlowski challenges union leaders in running for union pres. Background and former union races noted. Sadlowski says Abel is closer to bosses in industry than to rank and file worker and he'll change it. Asked what role George Meany will have in election, [SADLOWSKI - says he didn't know Meany paid dues to union other than harnessmakers.] Critics say Sadlowski can't negotiate national contracts; he disagrees; seems to be interested in bringing back social activism to labor movement [SADLOWSKI - says social activism can bring direction to whole labor movement and make it more responsive to welfare of all.] Is expected AFL-CIO President George Meany and close assocs. will do all possible to help defeat Sadlowski.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Miller, Ron;
Reasoner, Harry

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