ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1977
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(DC) House dealing with bill with regard to workers' organizing unions.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Capitol Hill, DC) Harold MacArthur, APL-CIO, trying to organize steel mill in Charlotte, North Carolina, for past 4 years Film shown. Workers voted for union; company fights to prevent it. Details noted. Battle now before National Labor Relations Bd. (DC); Board has authority to settle dispute but actions are time consuming. The bill before the House designed to speed process and penalize companies for unfair labor practices. Details of bill noted. The bill has triggered lobbying on both sides. As. House begins consideration of bill, lobbyists gather outside chamber for last-minute appeals. Labor says bill needed; reasons cited. Business feels bill slanted in labor's favor and doesn't protect management against abuses. Labor wants bill passed; Carter administration and Democratic leadership backing it; opposition efforts failed to weaken bill today. Bill expected to pass tomorrow.
REPORTER: Brit Hume Artist: Freda Reiter
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