NBC Evening News for Monday, May 17, 1971
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(Studio) railroad signalmen on strike; President Nixon asks Congress to end strike; if strike conts., could cause auto, steel and coal industry layoffs; signalmen demanding more money.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(NYC) 240,000 commuters affected by strike; film shows commuters, crowding subway trains, not affected by strike.
REPORTER: Liz Trotta
(Chicago, Illinois) Film shows traffic jams on expressways; Amtrak closed.
REPORTER: David Klein
(Los Angeles, California) Freight yards most greatly affected by strike; prolonged strike could affect major California crop harvest.
REPORTER: Don Oliver
(DC) Department of Transportation catalogues RRs affected by strike; removes essential items by plane, truck. [Labor Secretary HODGSON - says administration believes settlement can be reached with signalmen on grounds similar to other railroad unions; President Nixon urging quick Congress action.] Congress to act to end strike; many Congmen. dislike intervening to bail out administration
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin; Paul Duke